Recession impacting family pets

More animals turned in to shelters
February 9, 2009 3:38:32 PM PST
Not since the last big economic downturn has there been such an increase in the number of pet turn-ins, according to The Anti-Cruelty Society."It used to be, 'I just got tired of the animal or I don't have time for the animal.' Now we're seeing (that) people are moving, they're downsizing, they can't afford their homes. They're losing their homes. They have to cut corners and the pet has to go," said Dr. Robyn Barbiers, The Anti-Cruelty Society President.

Many of the pets at 157 West Grand were loved by their owners, but had to be given up. In this case it was a foreclosure, which can be a real problem.

"Some people will just open the doors and let them go ... or others will just abandon the home with the pet in them and that is not a good thing to do. If you need to relinquish your animal get it to a shelter," said Barbiers.

There are lots of dogs and cats up for adoption for $55. But before rushing down to The Anti-Cruelty Society, people should consider the full cost of owning a pet.

"If your dog is healthy it costs about $1,000- $2,000 to keep that animal for a year. Feed costs, vet costs, vaccinations, rabies tags things like that," said Dr. Barbiers. "Cats are about $800 a year."