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East County News Service

August 19, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego Humane Society has announced that it will merge with PAWS San Diego on September 1st to help more let pet owners keep their pets. PAWS provides support to low-income seniors, disabled and chronically ill people.

Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, says pets are family, “so we want to keep families together by assisting individuals facing tough times.  The best thing we can do for pets is to keep them out of shelters and in their homes, where they belong.” 

A study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science and conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study found that the number one reasons why pets are given up to animal shelters are the cost of pet maintenance and owners having personal problems.   So now the merger will allow outreach to help more people in need, including domestic violence victims and the homeless. 

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