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Only 15 percent to 20 percent of stray dogs are returned to their owners, according to the Humane Society of the U.S. Most of these dogs are identified and returned through tags or microchips. Those dogs whose owners can't be found wait in shelters or city pounds and hope someone adopts them. If it's a shelter with limited space, the dog faces the prospect of a ticking clock until he or she is put down.

The nonprofit’s stringent adoption policies, leadership and “lack of transparency” were repeatedly criticized, while current and former volunteers, employees and others shared positive experiences and pointed out the shelter takes in all animals regardless of their condition.

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