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Adopting from the animal shelter is an economic value, manager Rochelle Hamp points out, as opposed to a "free to a good home" pet. Animals are matched with families based on temperament and needs. (Photos by Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Man's best friends left homeless as owners battle with recession

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The recessionary economy is impacting pets. As people face home foreclosure and loss of jobs, man's best friend is considered an expendable luxury.

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In a rising number of incidences, dogs and cats are abandoned - homeless, helpless and confused.

The calls to the Headwaters Animal Shelter from pet owners wishing to surrender animals are up an estimated 30 percent, assistant manager Diane Nash said.

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