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Those who love their pets tend to enjoy all animals. Our animal owners are no different. Check in on News-Herald staffers Robin Palmer and Cheryl Sadler as they share their own animal tales and announce upcoming events in Lake and Geauga counties.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Shelters hope to benefit from "mutts like me"

With too many homeless animals and far too few homes, pet shelters nationwide have clung to President Barack Obama's first post-election press conference in November.

During the session he discussed the family's search for its first dog, which he called "a major issue."

"There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic, but on the other hand our preference is to get a shelter dog, but obviously a lot of the shelter dogs are mutts like me," Obama said. "So whether we are going to be able to balance those two things I think is a pressing issue on the Obama household."

Meanwhile has launched to help folks find a rescue shelter near them. Shepard Fairey, the artist who made Obama's face an icon of "Hope," has even contributed his artistic technique, turning the American mutt red, off-white and blue.

"Pets are non-partisan!" the page stresses. "Pet adoption is the way to go, and the homeless dogs and cats of our country need positive change too!"

-- Sandra M. Klepach


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