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OK so you've cut the extra trips, stopped buying new clothes, trimmed the food budget, but still the family budget's in the red. What next, the family dog? Sadly, for some, the answer is yes.
We're starting to hear stories about people being forced by the rough economy to give up pets. The Humane Society even has a term for it- "pets in foreclosure." Numbers are hard to find, but the early reports from animal shelters and rescue leagues look bad.
There is help out there, and as we investigate just how serious a problem this is we'll be sure to get the experts' advice on how to keep the cost of owning a pet down. But for now, if you or anyone you know is facing this kind of decision, we'd love to hear about it.
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