Pet Surrenders Are Up
The economic downturn has been taking its toll on animal shelters across the country and across Florida. No one is keeping Florida specific numbers, but donations are down, adoptions are down, and owner surrenders are up.
"Moving is often the reason given when people are having to surrender a pet due to foreclosure. Or a need to find lower income housing quickly," said Jen Hobgood with the Humane Society.
However,there are some bright spots. Some shelters are offering foster care while people settle into new surroundings. There is also help available to pay deposits and some food banks have dog or cat food.
Keeping your pet with you, Hobgood said, will be best for both you and the animal.
The Humane Society has set up a website to help families facing foreclosure get aid and temporary care for their pets.
For more information, please visit The Humane Society.