Foreclosures Fill Animal Shelters While High-End Pet Products Take Off

When people lose their jobs--and their homes--things like food and vet care for their animals start to look less like priorities.

At the Animal Welfare League in suburban Chicago Ridge, behind doors plastered with posters asking for donations of dog food, are hundreds of panicked, barking dogs. Communications director Terry Sparks says the number of animals they're dealing with has doubled since February--and it's clear to her that a lot of them are victims of the ongoing foreclosure crisis.

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