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APF shelter gets creative

"The poor economy is causing more people to need our services, and also impacting our fundraising efforts. We aren't able to increase adoptions with inexpensive pets. Many people have to move based on economy and many can't take pets with them. Thus they end up here," said Pearson.

Pearson said that another problem is that people who are forced into foreclosure often leave their pets in the homes, and even renters who can no longer make monthly payments can feel they have no choice but to leave a pet in a vacant building or apartment. The APF will always take a pet that has no other living arrangement.

As APF officials look to the future, they feel having responsible pet owners will someday decrease the number of unwanted animals sitting in shelters. They offer summer workshops for young pet owners, starting at the preschool level. The classes teach children how to be responsible, loving pet owners.

To find out more on how you can support the shelter or take a pet class go to www.animalprotective.org.

"We urge people to continue to support us in any way they can " cash or in-kind donations, adopting pets, volunteering, encouraging people to use our low-cost spay and neuter programs," said Pearson.""

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