The weak economy is not only affecting people, it's hurting animals too. Shelters are packed because few are able to adopt. Linda Ferrill is in charge of the Sunburst Foundation of Wilmington. She fosters unwanted pets until they find a home. This year, she says, shelters are overrun, and no one seems to be adopting. "We've definitely had less interest in the adoptive dogs we have and fewer donations and pretty much no interest or no phone calls. No help volunteering and that kind of thing." "Some people are totally out of work, so how can they afford to take care of the animals they have? Even if they're okay right now, they're not sure how they're future's going to be. So they're a little leary about taking on a new responsibility", says Ferrill. Last year, twenty pets were adopted. This year, only three. Kathy Reed works at an animal shelter and can't believe some of what she sees. "We had somebody drop off a box of Lab puppies, in our parking lot, in the middle of summer and nobody said anything to anybody." Although that pup would look awfully cute at Christmas, animal rescuers advise you to wait until after the Holidays. Too often the decision is not thought through and the rescues end up back at the pound. Once you're ready, take your time and chose the buddy best for you. "Find the one that just calls your name and says here I am and I'm full of love and I want to love you the rest of my life", says Reed. Because so many pets are in shelters now, the right one may be waiting. The Sunburst Foundation of Wilmington raised money for homeless animals by putting on a photo shoot. Proud pet owners dressed their pups in Holiday sweaters and hats and put them under the spotlight.
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