Shelter adoptions down

Paetow had several puppies she had recently rescued from a shelter in Kentucky, where they were days away from being euthanized.

"The shelters there are very high-kill," she said. "Some of them only average three or four adoptions a week, and the rest are put to sleep. It's heartbreaking. So I drove down myself and brought them up here."

Paetow said she brought the puppies up from Kentucky to give them a better chance, though there are plenty of animals in need right here in Central New York.

"I've been doing this for two and a half years now, and this year we've just exploded," she said. "There are so many animals in need of homes."

Young said she and the other organizers were thinking of doing adopt-a-thons every few months. She hoped to bring in a larger variety of animal rescuers.

Young said adopting a rescue animal was really ideal for people who wanted a pet but weren't able to spend a lot.

"That 'free kitten' in the newspaper is usually anything but," she said. "But when you come to a rescue, all of the initial vet care is done. The animals are spayed or neutered and they've had their first shots. It's a much cheaper way to adopt."

Animal communicator Ennis agreed that rescue animals were the way to go.

"You have to adopt for so many reasons," Ennis said. "Every animal that's purchased takes a home away from one of these guys, who are just as loving, just as sweet, just as deserving. Why not adopt?"

For more information on these organizations or to adopt a pet from them, visit kittycorner.org, safehavenrescueny.webs.com

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