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Another Sign of Hard Times: Abandoned Pets

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The economic crunch, along with continued high unemployment rates and foreclosures, has created a secondary string of homelessness. Former furry family members, well-loved cats and dogs, are being abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters as Americans are finding it more and more difficult to weather the ongoing economic storm.

In the past two years, animal shelters locally and nationwide have experienced a tremendous increase in pet surrenders, many due to economic hardship. Sadly, the shelters are faced with similar concerns of rising cost of pet food, veterinary care, pet day care or boarding fees that caused the owner to give up their pet. Overcrowding has become a problem at shelters. Some have to turn pets away. Other facilities, that are not "no-kill" shelters, end up having to euthanize some animals.

Read the full story at Oakton Patch: http://oakton.patch.com/articles/pets-feeling-the-pinch-of-a-poor-economy

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Credit: Heidi Weiss, Oakton/Patch.com
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