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Animal numbers double at Metro Animal Shelter

People in Missouri are slowly recovering from the deadly tornado that hit about 30 percent of the city of Joplin, Missouri. In the meantime, pets such as abandoned cats and dogs are being taken to temporary shelters, where overcrowding is a major concern, according to a new report from Reuters.

"Certainly people have suffered a phenomenal loss in the last few weeks. For many, many of those people, the number one priority was finding their pets," Mindy Gilbert, the director for the Humane Society in Alabama, told the news source.

For example, the Metro Animal Shelter in Tuscaloosa is now keeping more than 400 animals, whereas they usually have about 200.

There are more than 77 million dogs and 93 million cats who have homes and owners in the U.S., according to the Humane Society. About 33 percent of Americans have at least one cat and 39 percent of Americans have at least one dog. However, the number of owned cats outweighs that of owned dogs because many cat owners have more than one feline. Cats and dogs are in need of rescue and a loving home throughout the country.
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