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article imagePortland Saves 10,000 Animals' Lives

By Carol Forsloff     Jan 1, 2010 in Lifestyle
Portland, Oregon has a reputation in some quarters for responsibility. That's been born about by the fact Its pet authorities took responsibility for helping pets find homes and in essence saved 10,000 lives.
As the problem of animal displacement and homelessness has increased in 2009 during the recession, Portland, Oregon has made a record placement of 10,000 animals into homes over the course of 2009. This achievement is made even more remarkable because Portland has been hit hard by the recession, with a severe downturn in real estate and a jobless rate among the nation's highest.
Going green and looking at the progressive side of politics may be one thing but looking at animal rights when it means sacrifice is another. That's what some folks have to do when they take in a new boarder, especially a new animal. Some people rely on the kindness of strangers, finding their way to various clinics that give free shots or free food to pets. Others simply struggle along, realizing that a sacrifice might mean a certain level of joy at the same time. In the list of resources for seniors, for example, it's emphasized that having a pet can help one's health.
In small towns, there may not be such largesse, due to a number of factors including economics and lack of available facilities. In Natchitoches, Louisiana, for example, the pound closed this year and killed 100+ animals before it did. This was even before making any specific plans for the opening of a new animal shelter as rumored among the animal lovers of the town of 18,000..
So as folks make their New Year's resolutions, it is said Portland is making another and that's to keep as many cats and dogs in happy, satisfied homes as possible. Even though the town has its troubles, including cutbacks in response to nuisance complaints as the Portland Tribune pointed out in October, the city aims to make a difference by helping homeless animals find their own joy in the coming New Yea
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