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Sunday, pet lovers from across Macon County united in Decatur after Homeward Bound Pet Shelter made it known that they were having financial troubles last week.

"Today is Rock the Woof at the AIW Hall," said Dreux Lewandoski, a spokesman for the shelter. And we're here to raise money for Homeward Bound Pet Shelter."

A rise in pet care is filling up the shelter with more pets than they can afford.

"People don't take care of animals. They're like small children. They basically don't have a choice. In the situation they're in, it's not there fault. It's our fault for overbreeding. For not having spade and neutered you animals."

The shelter is over-whelmed with managing the pets expenses

"The shelter exists solely on the generosity of our community. We don't get any government funding to do it."

A community.. the force that keeps this dream alive.

"Our primary mission is to support our community by finding homes for these unwanted animals."

"Everything you see was donated here today including all the bands' time. They immediately responded and said hey we're willing to play anything for something with four legs. There's a value to animals in our lives because sometimes they bring that, you know, special something that makes a difference."

The event raised more than $10,000.

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