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Left out in the storm

Stormy weather and a dreary economy have impacts on animal shelters

This kitten was found in the midst of Tropical Storm Irene and turned over to the Scotia Animal Protective Foundation, which was able to reunite the pet with its owners. Some animal shelters were adversely impacted by the storm, and all are weathering a poor economy.

This kitten was found in the midst of Tropical Storm Irene and turned over to the Scotia Animal Protective Foundation, which was able to reunite the pet with its owners. Some animal shelters were adversely impacted by the storm, and all are weathering a poor economy. Submitted photo

— In the Schenectady area, where the Mohawk River rose over its banks and flooded homes in the city and Rotterdam Junction, the Scotia APF did not see a marked increase in abandoned animals outside of a few remarkable cases.

A kitten was picked up off the street in the midst of Tropical Storm Irene, and later, during the flooding, a blind Chihuahua was found in the Stockade. The former was reunited with its owner and a new home was located for the dog.

The Scotia Animal Protective Foundation is currently sheltering 121 animals looking for homes.

Local shelters are always looking for welcoming homes for animals.

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