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With a lot of help, dog and cat find new home with family in New York when owner dies

These past couple of years have transformed communities and families. As the family dynamic changes, the dog and cat family members are also affected. Comparing the first few months of 2022 to 2021, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has seen an almost 40% increase in owner surrenders due to health or death of a human family member. These surrenders are always so emotional for the family members and the shelter staff. This is why it is so fulfilling when the shelter is presented with an opportunity to reunite dogs or cats with extended family members, instead of finding these animals a new home.

The story of Secrets and Rizzo is a shining example of how important the shelter considers family and what this type of reunion does for the family and the individuals dedicated to keeping families together.

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