Tessa Goodell

Tessa Goodell works on her poster of Nicki, a 6-year-old shelter dog that she said is very loyal and really likes people.

Yulanda Au’s sixth-grade class settled into their seats as the teacher pulled up a video detailing the important differences between adopting from an animal shelter and a pet store.

According to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, more than 6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3 million are dogs.

Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

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