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Sun, Mar 22 | By Amy Lieberman | 158

NEW YORK -- Laid off nearly nine months ago, Jill Borriss has seen her savings all but dry up, leaving her with only unemployment checks to cover her Upper West Side apartment's rent and daily needs. But no matter what happens, … more ›

Unemployed Pet Owner Helps Others in Need
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jackie
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jackie
5 years ago

Its nice to hear people helping others and it can benifit the pets too.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

It's nice to hear of people helping others in this economy.

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Hopeanne74
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Hopeanne74
5 years ago

I know just how she feels. I ended up with over $1,000 in vet bills in just 6 months trying to keep my cat alive last year. I'm only receiving disability checks so I wasn't able to pay every time he got sick, that's when my credit cards got used. I will do anything to keep my "kids" safe and happy. My friends say to give them up that they are just pets, but they don't really understand the love of a fur baby. I hope it all works out for Jill. She loves her pets and she deserves to keep them.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
5 years ago

I really hope it all works out for her. What a kind, generous person. We need more like that.

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

I so know what she is going through...with hubby laid off, and my not being able to work right now...we've been so struggling...but i'd never give up any of my little fur babies.

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Sue L.
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Sue L.
5 years ago

She is a true animal lover.

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Kelly  P.
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Kelly P.
5 years ago

Nice story

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kerri p.
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kerri p.
5 years ago

Happy to hear more people volunteering. Most organizations are ran by volunteers and their big hearts. :-)

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Bandana
5 years ago

I hope that Ms. Borriss will be blessed very soon with a new job and a more secure future for her and her pets. Her volunteerism is a good example for the rest of us to follow.

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Suzanne L.
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Suzanne L.
5 years ago

She sounds like a wonderful lady with a heart of gold.

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Three Cheers!!!

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John H.
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John H.
5 years ago

God bless her!!

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

Weird that she is so selfless when it comes to animals, but so vain when it comes to disclosing her age! Good grief......we are all growing older every day...every minute...every second. Yowser, I am now 15 seconds older!

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Tina R.
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Tina R.
5 years ago

Seems like a great program, and hopefully karma will give back to this woman very soon for the good she is doing.

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Amanda D.
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Amanda D.
5 years ago

I think this is awesome and hopefuly other people would think to do this as well. Taking care of animals is still a job you just don't get paid for it, but the feeling you get after you know you have done something nice is so much more rewarding than money.

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Jean P.
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Jean P.
5 years ago

Way to go. Your kindness toward others will pay off in the long run. I think your pets have a very courageous owner. I Pray that all of us come out on top and others will not give up the pets they love. Hope all find help like yours. keep it up.

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Beth
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Beth
5 years ago

What an awesome woman and wonderful organization. It's so hard right now, and there are too many people and animals suffering from this economy. When we lost our apartment last fall we were very lucky to be able to move in with family members who also accepted our two dogs. But if they hadn't, I think I'd live in my car with my babies before I'd ever consider giving them up.

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Beverly
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Beverly
5 years ago

I can relate, I have been out of work for almost 6 months and due to my significant other having 2 strokes in May 08 my savings and 401K are gone. I have 2 cats, one is diabetic and his insulin as well as syringes, and diabetic food for him are costly but I could never give my babies up, they are what gets me through every day. Fortunately my vet's office gave me a whole sack of syringes that had been donated to their office and when possible they do help me out. They have been a true blessing! I try to count my blessings each day and not dwell on the negatives.

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Cherries33
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Cherries33
5 years ago

Been there too. Good luck to you and your significant other.

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
5 years ago

Great article and very kind and gracious lady.

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Nancy S.
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Nancy S.
5 years ago

Such a heartwarming article. Wish more people felt this way.

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Anne S.
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Anne S.
5 years ago

Safety Net sounds like a great organization to help people in stress keep their animals with them. I hope Jill finds a job soon.

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elll e.
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elll e.
5 years ago

i like this article... im just so concerned about the pets... like are they recieving all the care and love and nurture? it takes a lot to show your love to a pet and hard to do when your stressed out. i commend her for striving her best. im with her all the way. ( but please find a job for your pets sakes!)

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Reese1ee
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Reese1ee
5 years ago

It is great to see someone really care about their animals. I as well see my pets as children. I hope her situation turns around. She is a very deserving woman.

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jane w.
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jane w.
5 years ago

I am glad that Jill found a way to fill her time. It is an excellent program and I know that many animals would feel the same.

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Kelly H.
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Kelly H.
5 years ago

I know how she feels my cat is like a child to me. I have horrible allergies and have been told a million times to get rid of her, but I never will

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Traci B.
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Traci B.
5 years ago

Great story! : )

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Marjorie M.
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Marjorie M.
5 years ago

I totally understand the stress that can be felt. It is hard. Keep up the good work and keep the faith. I hope things work out.

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Suziearon
5 years ago

What a special lady this is. I know that good things will come her way. Her pets are very lucky.

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Judy C.
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Judy C.
5 years ago

Sounds like a great caring person and well educated, hope she finds work soon so she can keep her pets. It is a tough time out there, I would not want to be forced to give up my pets either.

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Melissa
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Melissa
5 years ago

Great lady!! I couldn't imagine giving up one of mine either. I pray she finds work soon and continues on helping other people and pets!

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Kaylee
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Kaylee
5 years ago

Wow! You rock Jill! I wish we could all be like that. I think it's great how she says she will never give up her animals. That's how animals should be treated. They're not just "disposable," even if things are down, like in Jill's scenario. Anyways, this story definately makes me smile.
Keep it up Jill and I hope you and the other unemployed pet owners find jobs!
--Mastifflover48--

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Lynn U.
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Lynn U.
5 years ago

This is a gal that should be hired by ANY company that wants a person with a positive attitude every day!!!! GOOD FOR JILL!! I hope she and all the other struggling pet owners find work soon. Here's to hoping that pet adoptions start to increase in NY. They certainly have out in our little area, at least from what I see every week at the local PetCo's and PetsMarts. People are flocking out to these stores for one purpose - TO ADOPT and they are certainly doing just that. I am also seeing an increase in the amount of black dogs that are being taken to forever homes. That's great too.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK JILL!!

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Joanne S.
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Joanne S.
5 years ago

Go, Jill, go! No self pity here. Someone should wise up and hire this woman. This is a real 'can do' attitude.

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maria h.
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maria h.
5 years ago

What a wonderful idea Safety Net is. I would do anything to keep my furry friends too. I wish her luck in finding another job and hope she gets to keep her pets.

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mistie E.
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mistie E.
5 years ago

I just couldnt imagine giving up one of my pets,,I wish this great gal all the best ! I hope she finds employment soon. She would be great running a rescue center..

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
5 years ago

I hope this woman luck turns, she certainly deserves it with her devotion to her pets.

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Linda
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Linda
5 years ago

Maybe people are using the "economy" as a scapegoat for giving them reason to give up their pets. Most people are not do gooders-zoo tooers. Look around at all the outside chained and kenneled dogs. Cats running the streets. Why are shelters full and 3 million animals killed a year? Because people bred them for money. Because owners don't spay and neuter. Because they are the unwanted animals. The lucky ones get a 2nd chance, because we, animal lovers see them for the lovely beings they are.

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Cindy C.
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Cindy C.
5 years ago

That is really awesome of her!

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Lourie H.
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Lourie H.
5 years ago

This is a caring and loving person to do what she can to help others in her sityuation. Hope she gets a job and things turn around for her and her cats & pigeon.

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Briana G.
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Briana G.
5 years ago

Kudos to her, I hope things work out. It's refreashing to read a story of someone unwilling to part ways with their pets.

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Leslieanne S C.
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Leslieanne S C.
5 years ago

My heart and kudos go out to this girl ! Wishing her the best of everything and hope her life makes a huge leap for the better/and soon!

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Heather M.
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Heather M.
5 years ago

good for her, it's a shame that too many people are having to make the decision to give up their animals. an organization that lets you know other options is a great idea

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Kathy
5 years ago

Here's a lady in a dire situation and she is still thinking of her pets first. Good things come to people like her and I hope that her situation changes for the good.
That she can counsel others in the same situation is heartwarming. Pets relie on their owners for love and support, this fine lady is to be commended.

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Stevecat511
5 years ago

Kudos for Jill Borriss in all that she does even though her own finances are a struggle. I commend her efforts and hope that many people listen to her advice and keep their pets. I love seeing selfless stories like this...Goes to show you that there are many animal lovers that will do just about anything for pets, even the ones that aren't their own!

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Irineyuma
5 years ago

Best wishes to her and to her pets.

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Jen
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Jen
5 years ago

I am so glad to here that not everyone effected by the troubling times is quick to surrender their pets!

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Julie U.
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Julie U.
5 years ago

Amazing! And on a side note...I had no idea pigeons could live so long! :-)

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Jean D.
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Jean D.
5 years ago

She is TRULY A SAINT. Keep up the good work and possible if she puts a piece in the paper and signs on bulletin boards, I`m sure others would help her with donations.

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Mel S.
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Mel S.
5 years ago

This group is a great way to help those that really need someone to talk to about ways to be able to keep their pets when times get tough. I will do anything to keep my babies but unfortunately not everyone feels the same way.

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Sarah B.
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Sarah B.
5 years ago

Best wishes to her and her pets. And a pat on the back for the helping hand to all the other people and pets in need.

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