Busy shelter

Calgary Humane Society found temporary solution to dog problem at end of December.

“It was very, very busy time for us,” said Jones. “Our counsellors were hopping, and we had lineups down the hallway.

“Some people waited up to two hours to visit with an animal.”

And so, as 2009 turned to 2010, the crisis was averted, and though new dogs continue to arrive, the numbers are back to manageable.

That some 80 dogs still need homes is a vast improvement over the 130 housed at the shelter at the height of the crisis, but as one is adopted, another is dropped off.

It’s a pattern that can’t be avoided when too many so-called owners continue to treat pets as a commodity to be abandoned when the novelty fades.

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