More homeless pets are living longer thanks to the partnerships between Mesa County Animal Services and other animal welfare agencies in Colorado. According to animal services Director Penny McCarty the number of adoptable animals that have been euthanized at the Mesa County shelter has decreased by nearly 38 percent in the last year, setting a new record for the number of rescued pets. In recent months Mesa County has been working closely with other shelters specifically Grand Rivers Humane Society to ensure each adoptable pet has a place to call home. And while more animals are finding loving homes, the number of dogs and cats coming in to the 28 Road facility in Grand Junction is still on the rise increasing 14 percent in 2005. Officials say that shows a need for pet owners to be more responsible in getting their animals spayed or neutered as well as making sure they don't get loose in the community.
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