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George Augustin is looking for "the one." He strolls past the 50 cinder block and glass cages that stretch across the Atlanta Humane Society's large dog room, just as he has many times before.

When he leaves without a new companion, shelter workers are not necessarily sorry. "Often, people come in several times before they find the perfect dog for them -- which is actually what we would hope they would do," says the shelter's public relations manager Kari Bogosian. If adopters make a hasty decision, she says, "They end up unhappy with the dog and return it."

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