Pawsitive outlook: Pet trends suggest some economic improvement, shelters say

A year ago, some animal shelters in the state were at capacity or overcrowded, having been inundated with pets given up by owners who could no longer afford their care or feeding.

While area shelters are still taking in animals from people who cite financial difficulties, there also are signs of economic recovery.

At the New Hampshire Humane Society in Laconia, the cat population has significantly decreased due to more adoptions. In August, the Humane Society was housing a record 245 cats, a situation the shelter attributed to both the economy and an overabundance of non-spayed and non-nuetered cats in the region

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