Shelter adoptions down

It's all you hear about: in this economy, people are suffering. They're losing jobs, unable to afford necessities, even ending up homeless.

Sadly, it's not just people.

Cats and dogs are feeling the pinch, too. Adoption rates have fallen drastically in the last year, meaning more pets are in shelters or rescues.

"I think a lot of people are scared," said Linda Young, who operates KittyCorner, a cat rescue in Liverpool. "They're not willing to make the commitment to take in an animal."

Young said KittyCorner's adoption rates are down by half from this time last year, and she thinks other organizations have similar numbers.

In order to try to counter the trend, KittyCorner and two other rescue organizations held an Adopt-a-Thon Saturday Aug. 15 at Cameo Grooming in Liverpool. The event featured pets for adoption from Safe Haven, a private puppy rescue in Liverpool; Wanderers Rest, a humane shelter in Canastota; and KittyCorner. It also included free consultations with animal communicator Jill Ennis and low-cost microchipping for any cat or dog.

"We've done these adopt-a-thons before, but it's very hard to find a venue," Young said. "But Cameo's owners were kind enough to donate the space, and it's really perfect."

Owner Greg Tiemann said he and co-owner Heidi Grosser were happy to host the event.

"These rescue groups do great work," Tiemann said. "We're happy to do anything we can to support them and to try to find homes for these wonderful dogs and cats."

Mallory Paetow, who operates Safe Haven out of her home in Liverpool, said the event gives rescues much-needed exposure.

"We're a small private rescue, and it's so hard to let people know you're out there," Paetow said. "We have a website and we advertise in the Pennysaver, but most of our adopters come to us by word of mouth. We're hoping this will give us some exposure."

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