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Early summer is a busy time for Lodi’s animal shelters

June is national Cat Adoption Month, as well as the tail-end of kitten season, so the men and women who spend their nine-to-fives with furry friends are working like dogs to find safe homes for every pet.

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Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 7:16 am

Nearly eight million dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year in the United States. But only 30 percent of dogs are reclaimed by their owners. For cats, the outlook is worse: Less than 5 percent of shelter felines end up back in their homes, according to the Humane Society. Due to city-run shelters with pared-down budgets and limited kennel space, more than half of all the remaining animals are eventually euthanized.

But two organizations in Lodi are doing their best to save as many animals as they possibly can. Sometimes no-kill shelters provide medical care or behavioral training for the animals until they are ready for adoption, but sometimes the cats or dogs find their forever homes right there at the shelter.

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