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Abandoned animals get helping hand

COAST CITIES — The recession is affecting the pet world, leaving more animals abandoned, or relinquished to local animal centers. Pets are being left inside vacated homes or tied up in the yards of foreclosed homes. There are animals being dumped in parking lots or in the backcountry and their survival rates are low.
In response, during the last few months, animal soup kitchens have started to pop up. They are designed to help families keep their pets, and they are making a difference within their communities. Dogtopia, at 925 W. San Marcos Blvd., in San Marcos and The Coast News Group, at 828 N. Coast Highway 101, Suite C, Encinitas, have joined together to collect dry dog and cat food to help families who, due to a job loss, need help feeding their pet.
Join us by dropping off a bag of dry dog or cat food at Dogtopia or The Coast News Group or call (760) 471-6888 for more information. All the food will be distributed to needy families who stop by Dogtopia and sign up for the free food.
Dogtopia is a small business committed to caring for your family pets. At Dogtopia, owner Diane Wheeler will work with you to find solutions that will help both the animal and the family such as, monthly workshops, “do it yourself” dog bathing, foster care of relinquished animals and doggy day care.