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      Midlands animal shelter in danger after 21 years of service

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - PETS,Inc. could possibly shut its doors after 21 years of service to the Midlands, due to financial problems.

      About 30 days ago, Jane Brundage, co-founder of PETS,Inc. sat down with her staff to take a closer look at the full stock of the business. She says after looking at the business, she would have to face the facts of possibly closing down.

      "We need financial support," says Brundage. "If we don't have sustaining assistance we have to close down. We don't have a choice."

      In the past, PETS,Inc. has been able to manage expenses. Seventeen percent of expenses are covered by grants, leaving Brundage and her staff to generate 83% of the expenses from day to day sells.

      "We've managed to do it until this overwhelming influx of abandoned, injured, sick animals," said Brundage.

      According to the PETS,Inc. website, since 1992 more than 30,000 dogs and cats have been placed with families, while more than 35,000 dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered.

      Brundage says the financial situation with PETS,Inc. is "pretty scary", but with the help from the community, cats and dogs can continue receiving proper care while waiting for a nice family to take them in.

      If you would like to donate to PETS,Inc., log onto their website at