The earliest known evidence of the domestication of dogs (a jawbone) was found in an Iraqui cave and tests identified it as being 12,000 years old. More recent discoveries were able to determine that domestication of dogs was not begun by humans, as originally thought, but by the wolves themselves. The bone found showed that humans had already begun selective breeding of wolves and had produced a breed with a smaller jaw and smaller teeth than the wolf.
Domestication of the cat took place much later at an as-yet unconfirmed date but thought to be only 3,000 years ago.
These are the only two animals that have been living inside houses with humans thousands of years. In our present day, we have so many homeless animals because of (1) individuals who do not spay/neuter their pets (accidental breedings); (2) owners who breed their pets on purpose because they have a purebred animal or because they think that their pet should experience motherhood; (3) pet owners who do not fully understand the responsibility of adopting a pet; and (3) because of puppymillers and irresponsible breeders.
Whatever the reason, the sad truth is millions are still being killed in the nation's shelters because there are not enough homes to adopt them all.
That is why organizations like HART have come into being: we exist to save as many animal lives as possible.
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