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    Posted: 3/29/2012 4:20:47 AM EST
    A young abandoned donkey recovered by Keith Gantt and his wife Karla Gantt , is seen in Athens, La., Friday, March 16, 2012. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation?s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can't give away. He?s had some for two years. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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    Posted: 3/29/2012 4:20:47 AM EST
    Abandoned donkeys recovered by Keith Gantt, background, and his wife Karla Gantt are seen in Athens, La., Friday, March 16, 2012. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation?s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can't give away. He?s had some for two years. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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    Posted: 3/29/2012 4:20:47 AM EST
    Abandoned donkeys recovered by Keith Gantt and his wife Karla Gantt are seen in Athens, La., Friday, March 16, 2012. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation?s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can't give away. He?s had some for two years. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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    Posted: 3/29/2012 4:20:47 AM EST
    Keith Gantt and his wife Karla Gantt pause after feeding with abandoned donkeys they have recovered, in Athens, La., Friday, March 16, 2012. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation?s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can't give away. He?s had some for two years. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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    Posted: 3/29/2012 4:20:47 AM EST
    Keith Gantt pauses while feeding abandoned donkeys he have recovered, in Athens, La., Friday, March 16, 2012. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation?s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can't give away. He?s had some for two years. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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    Posted: 3/29/2012 4:20:46 AM EST
    Abandoned donkeys recovered by Keith Gantt and his wife Karla Gantt are seen in Athens, La., Friday, March 16, 2012. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation?s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can't give away. He?s had some for two years. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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    Posted: 3/29/2012 4:20:46 AM EST
    An abandoned donkey, recovered by Keith Gantt and his wife Karla Gantt is seen in Athens, La., Friday, March 16, 2012. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation?s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can't give away. He?s had some for two years. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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    Posted: 3/29/2012 4:20:46 AM EST
    Abandoned donkeys recovered by Keith Gantt and his wife Karla Gantt are seen in Athens, La., Friday, March 16, 2012. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation?s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can't give away. He?s had some for two years. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  •  - Finland's PM Katainen pets a reindeer during the informal Lapland meeting in Saariselka

    Finland's PM Katainen pets a reindeer during the informal Lapland meeting in Saariselka

    Posted: 3/24/2012 6:57:12 AM EST
    Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (R) pets a reindeer during the informal Lapland meeting on economic affairs in Saariselka, Inari March 24, 2012. The Lapland retreat meeting will discuss shifts in the global economy and ways to resolve the economic crisis in Europe. REUTERS/Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva (FINLAND - Tags: POLITICS ANIMALS BUSINESS) NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FINLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FINLAND
  •  - Finland's PM Katainen pets a reindeer during the informal Lapland meeting in Saariselka

    Finland's PM Katainen pets a reindeer during the informal Lapland meeting in Saariselka

    Posted: 3/24/2012 6:38:29 AM EST
    Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (R) pets a reindeer during the informal Lapland meeting on economic affairs in Saariselka, Inari March 24, 2012. The Lapland retreat meeting will discuss shifts in the global economy and ways to resolve the economic crisis in Europe. REUTERS/Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva (FINLAND - Tags: POLITICS ANIMALS BUSINESS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FINLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FINLAND
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    Posted: 3/23/2012 10:35:46 AM EST
    In this March 22, 2012 photo, Associated Press lifestyles editor Lisa Tolin poses for a photo in New York. Tolin has been named East Coast entertainment and lifestyles editor for The AP. In her new role, Tolin will oversee coverage of books, television, food, fashion, travel, online culture, parenting, pets and homes and gardens. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)
  •  - Veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery on cat in pets clinic near Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    Veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery on cat in pets clinic near Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    Posted: 3/19/2012 12:38:09 PM EST
    A veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery on a cat in a pets clinic near Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca March 19, 2012. Many local governments pay part of the costs of sterilization to control the population of stray animals. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo (SPAIN - Tags: ANIMALS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  •  - A veterinarian performs surgery to sterilise a cat in a pets clinic near Calvia, on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    A veterinarian performs surgery to sterilise a cat in a pets clinic near Calvia, on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    Posted: 3/19/2012 12:19:37 PM EST
    A veterinarian performs surgery to sterilise a cat in a pets clinic near Calvia, on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca March 19, 2012. Many local governments pay part of the cost of sterilization to control the population of stray animals. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo (SPAIN - Tags: ANIMALS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
  •  - Veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery to cat in pets clinic near Calvia on Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    Veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery to cat in pets clinic near Calvia on Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    Posted: 3/19/2012 12:18:18 PM EST
    A veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery to a cat in a pets clinic near Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca March 19, 2012. Many local governments pay part of the costs of sterilization to control the population of stray animals. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo (SPAIN - Tags: ANIMALS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
  •  - Veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery to cat in pets clinic near Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    Veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery to cat in pets clinic near Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    Posted: 3/19/2012 12:17:08 PM EST
    A veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery to a cat in a pets clinic near Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca March 19, 2012. Many local governments pay part of the costs of sterilization to control the population of stray animals. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo (SPAIN - Tags: ANIMALS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
  •  - Veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery to cat in a pets clinic near Calvia on Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    Veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery to cat in a pets clinic near Calvia on Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

    Posted: 3/19/2012 12:13:22 PM EST
    A veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery to a cat in a pets clinic near Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca March 19, 2012. Many local governments pay part of the costs of sterilization to control the population of stray animals. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo (SPAIN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ANIMALS)
  •  - Musher Seavey pets dogs at the 40th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska

    Musher Seavey pets dogs at the 40th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska

    Posted: 3/14/2012 1:25:16 AM EST
    Musher Dallas Seavey pets dogs (L-R) Guinness and Roadie at the finish line after winning the 40th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska March 13, 2012. Seavey, competing against both his father and grandfather, won the race on Tuesday, becoming the youngest musher crowned champion of the storied Alaska event. REUTERS/Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS SPORT PROFILE)
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    Posted: 3/9/2012 7:55:46 AM EST
    In a photo shot on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, Shance Carlisle of the Detroit Dog Rescue pets a dog after feeding and cleaning its area in Detroit. The mission of Detroit Dog Rescue is to round up all the feral dogs and find them homes. For the dogs that take a little longer to find a landing spot, Detroit Dog Rescue wants to build a shelter designed to comfortably house them. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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    Posted: 3/4/2012 9:35:48 AM EST
    FILE - In this March 15, 2011 file photo, musher John Baker pets his lead dogs Snickers and Velvet after winning the the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in Nome, Alaska. The 2012 race has its ceremonial start in Anchorage on Saturday, Mar. 3. A winter of heavy snow in Alaska is keeping trail breakers busy clearing the route of the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but no one can remove other weather-related challenges like jumbled ice along the western coast and the heightened possibility of run-ins with grouchy moose. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen, File)
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    Posted: 3/2/2012 7:00:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2011 photo, groomer Sara Ingram streaks the fur of Yorkshire terrier Betsey Johnson during a spa session at the Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa in Westlake Village, Calif. Americans spent $50.96 billion on their pets in 2011. That's an all-time high and the first time in history more than $50 billion has gone to the dogs and cats, canaries and guppies, the American Pet Products Association says. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)