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A dog named Sky activates the tug sensor on the FIDO vest. The vest is a piece of wearable technology designed to allow working dogs to perform more tasks and communicate more information. Rob Felt/Courtesy of Georgia Tech hide caption

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Sit. Stay. Call 911: FIDO Vest Gives Service Dogs An Upgrade

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When It Comes To Furry Muses, Cats Are For Brevity And Dogs Are For Books

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Laurie McCannon, director of the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Mass., with a dog named Trina. Three-quarters of the dogs adopted from the shelter in 2013 were from out of state. Shannon Mullen for NPR hide caption

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With Rescue Dogs In Demand, More Shelters Look Far Afield For Fido

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Miami-Dade County's animal shelter takes in more than 28,000 dogs and cats each year. In 2012, the county adopted a resolution that the shelter would become a no-kill facility. But even no-kill shelters can euthanize up to 10 percent of their animals. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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No-Kill Shelters Save Millions Of Unwanted Pets — But Not All Of Them

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Do you want to go to the park? Mango Doucleff, of San Francisco, responds to her favorite command by perking up her ears and tilting her head. Michaeleen Doucleff/NPR hide caption

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How Dogs Understand What We Say

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The story of Arthur, a stray who adopted a team of Swedish athletes competing in Ecuador, spread quickly after he refused to be left behind. Krister Goransson/Peak Performance hide caption

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David Roberts says the Cyber-Enhanced Working Dog harness will allow humans to monitor dogs' physical and emotional states remotely, such as in search and rescue operations. Becky Kirkland/North Carolina State University hide caption

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A puppy waits at an adoption event in Miami last year. The city is now considering a ban on the sale of puppies in retail pet stores. Cities and towns in several states have passed similar bans, aimed at cracking down on substandard, large-scale puppy breeders. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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In More Cities, That Doggie In The Window Is Not For Sale

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Boys show off their four-legged friends at a rabies vaccination drive set up by the Serengeti Health Initiative in the Bariadi District of Tanzania. Anna Czupryna/Courtesy of Serengeti Health Initiative hide caption

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