New store offers pet-owner stimulus plan

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A new store offers pet goods at lower pricesFor many families, an economic downturn can result in cancelled vacations or delayed back-to-school shopping sprees. One pet store in Pennsylvania, however, is attempting to stop residents from uneasily asking, "How much is that doggie in the window?"

This Saturday, October 24th, a heavily discounted pet store called Pet Cents will launch its grand opening in the Village Mall Shopping Center in Horsham. The store models itself after the typical pet care retailers, but offers all products at reduced prices. In addition to selling actual pets, Pet Cents markets pet toys, accessories, and both natural and organic foods.

As part of the grand opening, the store will participate in several events throughout the day which will benefit animal shelters and pet owners themselves. Proceeds from a flea market and bake sale held in the morning will be given to local shelters and the Against All Odds Adoption Center. In the afternoon, a car show and pet Halloween costume contest with gift card prizes will aim to keep Pet Cents customers entertained.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that the costs of caring for cats and dogs can range from $670 to $1,580 each year.

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