This story idea is based on narrow evidence, but it seems to be true. Al’s Morning Meeting reader Jeff Domenick, editor of the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, Pa., dropped me a note saying:
That led to a call from one of our animal shelters that was quite timely. The woman said that in addition to seeing more dropped-off pets, animal shelters are also seeing a growing percentage of handicapped cats as the economy worsens. We couldn’t prove that, but we checked with our other two shelters and that seems to be the case.
This may be true in other places.
We also got some heart-tugging art, but only one photo appeared in the story online. The other two show a three-legged cat and a one-eyed cat.