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Multiple city groups aim to get stray animals into good homes

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- If you see a dog or a cat wandering around the city of Rochester with no owner in sight, it is likely Rochester Animal Control will soon be called. Yet, what happens after an animal is taken into custody?

Approximately 400 animals have been collected by Animal Control since October 2012, and there certainly is not enough room in their facility to house them all. That is where a relationship with other city groups is coming in handy.

Rochester Animal Control houses cats, dogs and ferrets that have been unclaimed by any owner. Animal Control holds the animals in their facility for seven days before putting them up for adoption. In some cases, pets are adopted by businesses like Paws and Claws, if they can get the animal to a new home or if there is a need for medical attention.

The relationship between the two organizations is key to finding these animals safe homes.

"We work very closely with animal control. We're separate organizations. Animal Control is primarily accountable for taking care of animals found within the city limits," says Dan Estes with Paws and Claws. "Paws and Claws helps and works closely with Animal Control to take animals that they feel that could benefit by coming with us, but we also take care of animals outside the city and in the surrounding areas."

With the new Paws and Claws facility opening up next week on 19th Street Northwest, the business will be able to take in more pets from Animal Control, and offer them another opportunity to either find their owner or to find a new home.

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