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Mon, Apr 14 | By Victoria Lim | 146

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- When Carol Nostrand was in between homes, she faced a bigger decision than the cost of rent. The friend’s home where she was temporarily staying did not have a fence. That meant “her baby,” Raven, which she adopted fr… more ›

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Blackie1
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Blackie1
5 years ago

What a great idea, but I wonder what's happening now with more people having to give up pets. Do they still have the finances to do this, have they had animals abandoned

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I wish more communities would help out like this. It is hard to see owners/pets separated because of the economy.

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Edie Jo N.
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Edie Jo N.
5 years ago

Wow. Good story. Happy ending. I wish this could happen for everyone.

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

This is great. Not many shelters have the space or money to do this.

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BHOLTZ
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BHOLTZ
5 years ago

I'm glad they are able to do this. Wish more could afford to help this way.

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

wow this is great they can do this!

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

If we had the space and finances to do this, we would love to offer this service to our local military members who are constantly being deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq!

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Wow...amazing that an animal shelter is able to financially do this!

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Lourie H.
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Lourie H.
5 years ago

Good idea to keep pets and owners from having to give up.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

That would be very difficult to be unable to visit your pet.

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

Sounds like a great idea!

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
6 years ago

Great program. I wish our space and budget allowed for this. We do the best we can but sometimes we have to say no to people who really need help.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
6 years ago

This si a great program. What a great solution to putting your pet in a shelter when your not sure of its future.

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Sydney  S.
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Sydney S.
6 years ago

This is great. It helps out both the pets and the owners and keeps them together, preventing them from getting killed at the Humane Society.

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Blanchec
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Blanchec
6 years ago

This is a super great idea and I had not heard of it before. I think this would be worthwhile for all the large humane organizations to consider. It would cut down on the animals who would be needed to be put up for adoption.

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Janie P.
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Janie P.
6 years ago

I can't imagine having to give up my babies for anything. It would be more stress in a time when there is already a hardship if you had to give them up. What a good program to help someone that is a good care taker fallen on hard times. It seems it would give them more of an incentive to get back on their feet quickly.

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Berrypatch573
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Berrypatch573
6 years ago

How wonderful! There is still a flicker of the light of human compassion in this world.

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

this is great program that they have going. it might give the owners a little more boost to get them to get back on their feet so they can get their animal back before the 30 days is up

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Kathleen
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Kathleen
6 years ago

Thats amazing and wonderful. I know people who had to give up their pets because they were between houses, and couldn't bring the cats everywhere with them. It broke their heart.

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Tracee G.
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Tracee G.
6 years ago

great story

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Janet V.
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Janet V.
6 years ago

I think this is a great way to help people keep their pets until they get situated again.

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Shanna T.
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Shanna T.
6 years ago

wow this is amazing.

just amazing.

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Heather  S.
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Heather S.
6 years ago

What a WONDERFUL program. You have to wonder how many people would not give their dogs up for adoption because of a move or family crisis if this was offered throughout the country.

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dawn  h.
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dawn h.
6 years ago

What an excellent program- great idea! There are many times in life when things don't go as planned and for many of us, these times are hard either emotionally or physically so having a program like this can help with coping until people are able to help themselves!

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Kittypassion
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Kittypassion
6 years ago

What a wonderful idea. All humane societies should offer this service if they can get the financial backing from the community. Everyone falls on bad luck in their life and this helps them get through this crisis.

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Magimae12000
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Magimae12000
6 years ago

Wonderful Project! So good to know their out there to help!

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barb
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barb
6 years ago

Wonderful idea. Would be interested to know how long the animals may stay and what happens if an owner doesn't come back or get his act together to take the pet back

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Pinellas County Humane Society has come up with a great innovative program-- would be wonderful to see something of its ilk nationwide. It has to be particularly gratifying for the people of Pinellas County who are compelled to use this service that it is free of charge and the fact that the community funds it is a happy circumstance indeed.

Sadly, more and more often we hear of people who when faced with that "bump in the road" simply abandon their pets. They bring them to a shelter and "hope" that they will find a new home and family or they just leave them behind to fend for themselves. This, of course, is irresponsible, not to mention reprehensible, pet ownership. If when you take on the responsibility of having a pet you are not prepared to make that pet a forever one then simply don't take on the task. It is that simple.

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Brooke K.
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Brooke K.
6 years ago

I think this is a great idea, but I have one problem...I think the owners should be allowed to visit. Now, if the animals become seriously agitated when the owners leave, then maybe it should be reviewed, but I remember a family had to turn their two dogs in at the shelter I volunteer at, and they would still visit the dogs. Both of the dogs did very well with the visits and thouroughly enjoyed them, and both were eventually adopted. I think it's silly to keep an owner away from their pet.

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Charm H.
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Charm H.
6 years ago

this is something new.

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Kelly
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Kelly
6 years ago

Great idea/program. This could prevent animals having to be returned/surrendered to shelters. Wish there was more funds available so this program could be duplicated in other areas.

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
6 years ago

Its great that a shelter can do that for its residents.

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Courtney
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Courtney
6 years ago

I agree with some other readers, I'm not sure I understand the comment about the fence, but maybe this was misreported and there was more going on there. This program sounds like a great idea, because so many times, people give up their pets because unfortunate things happen in their lives. It's great to hear that this humane society is offering this kind of support, because I imagine there are few resources supporting the pets who are affected when their owners are trying to get back on their feet. Kudos also to the people who look for help, like the woman in this story, rather than giving up their pet in this situation.

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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

Good program but....I don't get why she thought she had to give up her dog? Just because they didn't have a fence, could she not walk the dog? I can understand if the place didn't take animals but the article does not indicate this. Just not understanding this particular woman's issue.

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heather l.
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heather l.
6 years ago

this is a wonderful thing

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T
6 years ago

Wonderful story! Great to hear that she did not have to give up her buddy, Raven. This is a great story to send on to our local shelters, to help other people in the same situation. I would be in deep caca if I suddenly became homeless again, like after the hurricanes in '04. I have 5 cats and 2 dogs and would not leave them during the hurricane!! Stayed in a shed for 4 days! Shelter couldn't take any animals in! Not their fault! Just glad both stories had a happy ending!

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nancy r.
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nancy r.
6 years ago

With so many people abandoning their pets when they move or lose their homes, this is a great alternative. More areas should have a program like this.

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LadyNoah
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LadyNoah
6 years ago

What a wonderful service!

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Jessica L.
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Jessica L.
6 years ago

What a great idea! I wonder if more Humane Socieities across the country offer services like these. Everyone runs across hard times at some point and no one ever wants to give up an animal just because of hardships, this is a great alternative.

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Rjlupinskat
6 years ago

What a wonderful program! Would love to see more of this available across the nation, especially as we are looking at a more difficult time ahead for employment and finances for many more people.

Great option!

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wendy T.
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wendy T.
6 years ago

how wonderful!

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Paul1115
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Paul1115
6 years ago

This is great program! It would be better if every Humane agency across the country could help out in this way.

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Mad314
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Mad314
6 years ago

this is a great idea! but do the people keeping the animals there pay for the food and supplies while they are there? and can they visit them? and do they do some sort of interview to make sure that they are good people before they take them in to make sure that they will be coming back to get them?

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Suzanne P.
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Suzanne P.
6 years ago

Wow - this is a fabulous idea! We see many animals abandoned simply because their families cannot take them with them in emergency situations.

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Bobbi  H.
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Bobbi H.
6 years ago

That is a wonderful program. I normally board my pets with my vet. It doesn't cost that much and they receive the love and attention of those who care for them when we visit the vet.

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tsmackley
6 years ago

What a wonderful idea!
There are so many people that find themselves in that position, I am glad someone has found a way to lessen the burden and help these people get back on track.

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Amanda R.
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Amanda R.
6 years ago

Well that's nice. I offered to pay our local humane society to keep our dog for two days because we needed to visit my mom. They said it wouldn't be good for the dog as he might pick something up from the strays and they wouldn't do it. I had to pay a neighbor to take care of him and then worry that he'd get out. Needless to say we ended up coming back that night instead of staying over and its a four hour drive

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Stephanie Y.
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Stephanie Y.
6 years ago

This is a great program!

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Kevin
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Kevin
6 years ago

This is a great program!

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Theranddav
6 years ago

I think that this is a great program and wish that all humane societies could afford to do the same thing in all communities! I know this had to take a huge load off of Carol's mind! She knew her pet was ok and she was able to face the task of moving head on. Raven got a little vacation then got to go home! What a great ending to a great story!

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