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31 October 2001 Issue
Rough Times

by JJswans@aol.com 

Since September 11th, the outpouring of charitable aid from Americans for the victims of the attack on New York and Washington has been amazing and wonderful to see. However, what has been forgotten is the victims that Americans have helped in the past, and need continuing support.

Lately, we've been hearing of more and more reports that privately funded animal shelters and sanctuaries have been either forced to close their doors or are in danger of having to do so. This jeopardizes the animals in their care once again, and even no-kill shelters may be forced to euthanize if they can't remain open.

As we approach the season of giving, please remember our animal friends who have no other source of funding but those of us who love and respect them. There will be no government agencies to step in to bail out non-profit shelters. We are the only hope they have.

Check with your local shelter to see how they are managing. Even in good times they usually have a wish list that can be filled by caring animal advocates. And while you're there, spend a little time with a warm fuzzy and leave your other cares behind, even if just for a little while.

Go on to Fur Free Friday
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