Dogs And Cats Feel The Foreclosure Crisis, End Up In Shelters Or Worse

As the foreclosure crisis continues, pets are losing their homes and their families as cash-strapped humans can no longer afford to care for their dogs and cats.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

With the arrival of spring and a deepening recession, shelters already bulging with pets that have lost their humans and homes through foreclosure now have the added strain of new litters of puppies and kittens.

Euthanization figures at shelters in two of metro Atlanta’s largest counties are proof they have reached their limit.

“This,” said animal rescuer Stacey Hall, “is as bad as I’ve ever seen it.”

Bad all over, too. A national organization that charts animal issues reports that across the country shelters have overflowing inventories. Adding to rescue societies’ problems: the escalating price of gas continues to cut into their budgets.

Chicagoland’s Southtown Star recently wrote about the South Suburban Humane Society, which provides free pet food to needy owners fourth Thursday of each month. They’ve added the second Thursday of each month due to increased demand.

“We used to hand out food from noon to about 3:30 (p.m.), until supplies were gone,” said Emily Gruszka, executive director of the Chicago Heights facility. “But the last two months, we’ve opened up to find 10 to 15 people already waiting in line. And we’ve had to close by 12:30 (p.m.) because we’d run out of food already.”

Gruszka says that with energy prices and the economy in the state that they are, people consider pets and the $1,000 or so they cost per year, to be a luxury. “Few families can look at the economy now and think, ‘I have an extra $1,000 to spend,’ ” she said.

Need for donated pet food rising
[Southtown Star]
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(Photo: Bob Andres)