Animal Shelter is the Unexpected Victim of the Decline of the Newspaper Business


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We all know that the newspaper business is in the toilet, but when the it hits a local animal shelter, you know the situation is really bad.

San Francisco's Animal Care & Shelter has been relying on public donations of old newspapers to line the cages of puppies that aren't potty trained yet, but - thanks to digital subscriptions and iPads - the supply of newspaper is, shall we say, pooped out.

Thankfully, the San Francisco Public Library is there to help:

The library had been recycling all of the roughly 2,000 newspapers it went through every month, said Stephen Lee, a library technician.

"We just tossed them. ... We had no other use for them," Lee said.

Animal control will pick up the newspapers about twice a month, and the animals couldn't be more grateful, Zuercher said.

"They are poop machines," he said.

Take that, Interweb! It seems that when it comes to number 2, dead trees are still number 1! Link


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