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New York animal shelter to hold fundraiser to relieve budget constraints

Animal shelters provide homes for stray cats and dogs, but a number of them are facing budget cuts and supply shortages, including the DeWitt shelter in New York. While this is not uncommon, the DeWitt shelter is taking initiative to raise funds and continue to help more than 60 animals.

The Helping Hounds nonprofit rescue group will be organizing a fundraiser in collaboration with the DeWitt shelter this weekend, according to WSYR-TV. Their goal is to raise enough money to offset a large vet bill and provide more supplies to the shelter.

"Right now we are in desperate need of food as well as more volunteers," volunteer Stefanie Higgins told the news source. "Just like every other organization we're in need as well."

Recently, the shelter took in four dogs with heartworms, all of which will require costly treatment. DeWitt has seen an increase in volunteers, but it says it could always use more.

Between 5 and 7 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Families looking for a loving pet are encouraged to consider adopting from their local animal shelter.
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