Animal shelters suffering from downturn

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Officials with animal shelters and rescue groups in Oklahoma say the economic downturn has reduced donations while more pets are being abandoned.
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals president Jamie Suarez says many shelters and animal rescue groups are being inundated with animals. Suarez says she also knows of instances in which people have left behind pets in foreclosed-upon homes because they're afraid to take them to a shelter.
Collinsville Animal Shelter operator Susan Babbitt says donations are also down. She says people who once gave several thousand dollars now may give $500.


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