Pets left in hard times

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Animal shelters in the Jackson metro area are crowded.

Denise Cantrell, head of the Community Council for Community Animal Rescue and Adoptions in Jackson, tells The Clarion Ledger that the shelter has taken in more animals this year than in 2009.

She says many had to move for a job, are in foreclosure, or are having to move into apartments that don’t allow pets, or can’t afford the pet deposits.

Last month, CARA received about 57 dogs and found homes for 30. Cantrell says the shelter is designed for 325 animals, but now holds about 350 dogs, just under 100 cats and one parakeet. She says an extensive network of foster home volunteers helps it deal with the overload.