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The Pandemic Left These Animals Homeless – But Malls Have a Solution

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Animal shelters are finding new homes for their furry friends in a place you might not expect – malls. As part of an effort to alleviate the burden of increased animal intakes during quarantine, malls across the US are offering empty storefronts to animal rescue groups for free or at a steep discount. The collaborations between malls and animal havens are gaining popularity and have been widely successful in finding homes for pets.

The Pandemic Was Hard on Our Pets

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The pandemic caused an increase in shelter animal intakes by 4% in 2022, leaving animal havens overburdened with animals.

Hard Hit Malls Come to The Rescue

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To help alleviate the burden, malls across the US are offering animal rescue groups empty storefronts for free or at a significant discount, sometimes as much as 90%.

Attracting More Customers For The Malls and More Homes for Animals

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Collaborations between malls and animal havens are gaining popularity, hoping to attract more pet owners and customers to these retail spaces that were already struggling before the pandemic forced temporary closures. According to Alexandra Lange, author of “Meet Me by the Fountain,” moving animal shelters into empty storefronts is just the latest effort by shopping centers to try to lure more customers in.

Adoption Rates Are Soaring for Some Shelters

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The move has been widely successful for animal shelters. L.A. Love & Leashes has found homes for more than 3,000 pets since relocating into a shopping center in 2021, more than doubling yearly adoption rates.

Tripling Annual Adoption Rates!

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Orphans of the Storm has found homes for more than 200 cats and dogs out of their two mall locations in Vernon Hills and Northbrook since opening in 2021, tripling its annual adoption rate.

Adopt AND Shop!

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The collaboration between malls and animal havens offers a great opportunity for shoppers to find their perfect pet and give a loving home to a shelter animal.

Higher Visibility for The Animals

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It also offers a great opportunity for animal shelters to showcase their animals to a broader audience, allowing them to find homes for more pets.

More Homes for The Animals

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Animal shelters can benefit from the increased foot traffic and brand recognition that comes with a retail space, while malls can benefit from having a new and unique tenant.

It’s A Win Win For Everyone!

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The collaboration between malls and animal shelters has proven to be a win-win situation for both parties, and it is hoped that it will continue to grow in popularity and success.

Looking For The Perfect Companion?

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If you’re looking to adopt a furry friend in the United States, there are many animal rescue leagues and shelters to choose from. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a database of adoptable animals across the country.

Another national organization, Petfinder, allows you to search for adoptable pets by location, breed, size, age, and more.

Additionally, many local animal shelters and rescue organizations have their own websites and social media pages where they post information about adoptable pets. By adopting an animal, you can help reduce the number of animals in shelters and give a loving home to a pet in need.

Save Your Dog’s Life by Avoiding These 12 Foods

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Our dogs bring so much to our lives, and we spend time every day walking them, feeding them, and generally addressing their well-being. But did you know that some commonly found foods – that might in your kitchen or somewhere your dog can reach, right now – could be deadly for your pooch? Here are 12 foods you should never feed or allow your dog to accidentally ingest.

To be prepared, keep the contact details of your local veterinarian, the nearest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) at hand.

16 Surprising Facts About The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Get ready for an exciting week in the world of dogs – the 147th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is just around the corner! From May 6-9, 2023, dog lovers from around the globe will gather for this highly-anticipated event, which will be held for the first time at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Flushing NY.

With so much to see and experience, it’s no wonder that this event has captured the hearts of dog enthusiasts for over a century. In this slide show, we’ll take a closer look at some fun and interesting facts about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show! Click for more.

18 of the World’s Deadliest Foods: How Many Are You Eating?

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Whether you eat to live, or live to eat, let’s make sure you live to see another day! These are some of the world’s deadliest foods. They can bring on extreme symptoms, ranging from paralysis to seizures, choking and even death, so don’t go tucking these into your lunchbox. Click for 18 of the World’s Deadliest Foods: How Many Are You Eating?

10 Of The Worst Tasting Drinks People Pretend To Like

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Hold onto your taste buds, because we’re about to embark on a flavor-filled adventure through the realm of beverages! Sure, we all need water to survive, but let’s be real – drinks are so much more than just basic hydration. Recently, the question of which beverages people secretly think taste awful sparked a fiery debate. Boozy elixirs, non-alcoholic refreshments, and everything in between were thrown into the mix. Brace yourself as we unveil the truth behind the drinks we pretend to love. Get ready for a wild ride of taste revelations! Read 10 Of The Worst Tasting Drinks People Pretend To Like

14 Of The Craziest Hacks People Use Mayonnaise For – Even In The Bedroom!

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After you click through this slide show you will never look at a jar of mayo the same way again. Trust us. Click for 14 Of The Craziest Hacks People Use Mayonnaise For – Even In The Bedroom!

Don’t Fall For These 17 Foods That Pretend To Be Healthy

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Have you heard the term “Dr. Google”? That’s when you turn to search engines and the Internet to provide health and medical information – and unless you know how to vet sources, it is a mine field of faulty information. Here are 17 foods that you might have heard are “healthy”, but we have the whole story. PS: the moment a food becomes a trend, research carefully. We’re looking at you bulletproof coffee!

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17 Of The Most Expensive Foods In The World: Would You Pay This Much To Eat Any Of These?

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These days our food budget is not going very far, even for everyday foods. And yet, there are still those who seek out extravagant foods, regardless of price. I guess we can live vicariously through these pictures. Maybe someday someone will bestow a 4-pound white truffle upon us, but until then, this will have to suffice.

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19 Of The World’s Most Overrated Foods

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We have foods we love, and those we won’t touch. We all have our own likes and dislikes, but what are the most overrated foods? That was the question posed on this Reddit thread by Even_Cause_3478. There were a lot of opinions. Some made sense to us, and some were things we had never thought of before!

What is the most overrated food in your opinion?

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Miracle at 30,000 Feet: What Happens When a Baby is Born During a Flight?

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Have you ever wondered What Happens If You Give Birth On a Plane? Who delivers the baby? Where do you deliver the baby? What is the child’s citizenship, and do they get free trips for life?

Is Cash Still King In Your Life? 13 Reasons People Still Carry Cash

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Cash. It never used to be controversial, but these days it appears that there are those on both sides of the coin (so to speak). For those of us of a certain age we can remember our mothers always telling us to keep a $20 bill in our shoe or bra, in case of emergencies. Now many of us struggle to find a coin to put in the meter.

Cash lovers, and those who never carry it. What’s the reasoning, either way? A Redditor was thinking the same thing, and asked the question, Do You Still Carry Cash? These are the answers they got. Read Is Cash Still King In Your Life? 13 Reasons People Still Carry Cash