Creative alternatives make for fewer sad goodbyes

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Every time a dog or cat is brought to the county animal shelter, employees search for a way to get them back out.

The Johnson County Animal Shelter takes in animals faster than they can be adopted.

One traditional solution to reduce the number of dogs and cats in the shelter is euthanization. But in the past few years, animal shelter employees have worked to decrease the number of animals put down due to space limitations.

Their efforts are working. In 2009, the shelter euthanized 335 dogs and 1,090 cats. In 2011, 120 dogs and 444 cats were euthanized, animal shelter director Michael Delp said.

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