People aren't the only ones suffering from the stale economy. Animal shelters are filling up because some pet owners can't afford to keep their furry friends anymore.

We adore cuddly creatures, and want you to be able to keep yours. (If you ask us, the emotional cost of giving them up far exceeds the financial one.)

The next time you need to stock up on kibble remember that during the rest of January, EntirelyPets.com is offering $5 off when you spend $10 online with coupon code CATDOG5 (that's, ahem, 50 percent off).

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Don't let your mutt go without its meds: there's 10 percent off plus free shipping with code RADIO at 1-800-PetMeds.com (exp. 5/1/09).

If your cat resolved to go green this New Year's there's 5 percent off online purchases with code SS15 at Onlynaturalpet.com (exp. 12/31/09).

Let's face it, huge bags of dog food are a pain to lug home from the store. Take comfort knowing there's $5 off purchases of $30 or more with code PER5OFF at PetFoodDirect.com (exp. 12/31/09).

Twenty-pound bags of cat litter aren't much fun to lug around either: $5 off purchases of $30 or more with code JANUARY at Petsmart.com (exp. 2/2/09).

Finally, get15 percent off with code FIRST15 at Jakesdoghouse.com (exp. 12/31/09) and pick up a six-pack of doggie beer -- another treat to help your best friend forget about the bad times.