BROOKLYN - It's National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month and Pit Bull Awareness Month.

A representative from Animal Care and Control tells News 12 that it is important to adopt a shelter animal instead of buying one from a store because there are many cats and dogs that need loving homes in the city.

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The center has adoption counselors to interview prospective owners and help them find the right pet.

For an extended look at two dogs up for adoption at the Animal Care and Control center, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.