Monday, February 23, 2009

NPR's Brian Lehrer Show on Caring for Pets During Recession

NPR's Brian Lehrer show is doing story now on how to care for pets during the recession. ASPCA's Steven Z. is the guest.

Here are some highlights:
  • Pet food can be found at food pantries. 
  • Free vet clinic. St. Clemens Church, 423 W. 46th St. 
  • Feral cat colony; population increased to 28. Newcomers well-cared for; people moving dropping cats off. Instead of dropping off; possibly work on the landlords to accept pets.
  • How much it costs to take care of pets; small dogs $500 to $600; larger dogs about $1200. After 9/11, ASPCA saw more people bringing pets into their households. If you have the means to take care of a pet they can be emotionally comforting.
  • Lehrer asking if some pets are easier to care for than other pets. For people who do have the need, contact 1 877 spay nyc.  ASPCA offers free spay neuter services for anyone on public assistance in NYC. Database of spay/neuter clinics 

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