A new survey from Petfinder.com, a network of more than 12,400 animal adoption organizations, finds that 84 percent of shelters and rescue groups are reporting pet surrenders because of the economic downturn, foreclosures and / or job losses.
And 74 percent said that they have seen an increase in pets being given away or abandoned since this time last year due to these economic trials.
Many shelters and rescue groups are overcrowded and are being forced to turn pets away, elevating the problem further.
According to the survey:
** 47 percent of shelters and rescue groups said the No. 1 economy-related reason pets are being surrendered is because of general financial difficulty.
** 18 percent said the driving factor was people having to relocate.
** 16 percent said the No. 1 reason was foreclosures.
As the largest on-line database of adoptable pets, Petfinder.com also uncovered in the survey that 37 percent of shelters and rescue groups have seen a decrease in pet adoptions over the past year.
Lots more at http://www.petfinder.com
I suspect that most of the shelters and non-profit animal rescue organizations in this country are also experiencing a significant drop in donations for all of the above reasons. You know that times are really tough when people start dumping their long-time family pets. /Gary