Americans Forced To SURRENDER Pets After Tragic New Trend
(UnitedVoice.com) – Owning a pet in America is expensive. With crushing inflation and skyrocketing rents, many families are giving up their beloved fur babies in an increasingly difficult economy. The issue has shelters in some of the country’s biggest cities overwhelmed with an influx of surrendered dogs and cats.
Katy Hansen from the Animal Care Center of NYC told Fox News the organization has seen an increase of 25% over last year. Hansen believes people losing their jobs and needing to move to apartments where pets aren’t allowed contributed to the influx, but the obvious issues of the sheer cost of taking care of an animal also implicated the numbers. In tough times, people make difficult choices.
Seattle Humane is seeing an increase in people looking to rehome their pets and the shelter wants people to know it's not because people are returning to the office. https://t.co/eMeqmYboKt via @KING5Seattle @SeattleHumane
— Kalie Greenberg (@KalieGreenberg) July 1, 2022
According to the ASPCA, it costs more than $1,000 a year to own a cat and more than $1,300 to own a dog. While that includes basic grooming supplies and consumable pet products, unexpected expenses can — and do — often arise. Many breeds with difficult coats requiring professional grooming can cost as much as $300 per year, and dental care for pets with issues there can run as high as $500.
Shelter Animals Count, a non-profit that tracks shelter data from across the country, shows an increase of more than 6,400 relinquished pets at over 1,000 shelters for the first half of 2022.
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