Families are returning their pets to animal shelters due to inflation and rising rents: ‘So sad’

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Some pet owners are abandoning their pets as families struggle to afford housing and necessities amid current inflation.

In New York, dog and cat owner abandonments at NYC Animal Care Centers are up 25% from last year.

“The main reason? It’s housing,” Katy Hansen, director of marketing and communications for the animal welfare organization, told Fox News Digital.

Many pet owners who abandon their pets in the Big Apple move to places that prohibit pets or don’t accept them.

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“They’re moving out because they’ve lost their jobs or can’t afford to live in their house anymore,” Hansen wrote to Fox News Digital.

“Add that to the rising cost of everything — including pet food, supplies and other essentials — and many shelters are indeed seeing an increase,” she continued. “It’s so sad.”

Some animal shelters are seeing an increase in landlord buyouts as Americans adjust their lives to inflation and rising rental costs.
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National shelter data from Shelter Animals Count – a non-profit that monitors the country’s “animal welfare landscape” – shows that from January 2022 to June 2022, the number of abandoned animals rose by 31 606 to 38,066 in 1,050 animal shelters.

Outside of New York, reports from across the country indicate that pet owners are bringing animals to shelters at an alarming rate in Akron, Ohio; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Stockton, California; Houston, TX; Johnson City, TN; Farmington, New Mexico; and Missoula, Montana.

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The ASPCA estimates that the average annual cost for a dog is $1,391 and the average annual cost for a cat is $1,149.

The total cost of pets has risen 7.1% year-to-date on the consumer price index, according to Pet Age, a business-to-business pet information firm.

However, these estimates do not include professional grooming feesdental care or one-time costs for medical procedures (sterilization, neutering, microchip and vaccination), training (in class or at home) and pet accessories (carriers, cages, collars, litter boxes, scratching posts and brushes).

The total cost of pets has risen 7.1% year-to-date on the consumer price index, according to Pet Age, a business-to-business pet information firm.

Pet food and supplies are costing more right now due to the current inflation.

Pet food and supplies are costing more right now due to the current inflation.
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“The net was an increase in the CPI year-to-date in June compared to 2021 for the full petflation of 7.1%, or 85.5% of the extraordinarily high headline rate of 8.3%,” says Pet Age’s report.

“It was only 72.5% in March.”

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An economic press release issued by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on July 13 indicates that gasoline, housing and food are among the “biggest contributors” to the rise in the consumer price index. for all urban consumers.

The gasoline index increased by 11.2%, while the housing index increased by 0.6% and the food index increased by 1% in June 2022.

A new rent report from Rent.com – an apartment search engine and online marketplace – estimates that the national average price for one-bedroom rent is $1,701 (up 25 .3% over one year) and a two-bedroom at $2,048 (up). 26.5% year-on-year).

An annual estimate of the cost of pets from the ASPCA indicates that owning a cat and a dog costs more than $1,000.

An annual estimate of the cost of pets from the ASPCA indicates that owning a cat and a dog costs more than $1,000.
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While the website says rent prices “have stabilized this month”, not everyone can keep up with rising costs.

In Jacksonville, an anonymous pet owner abandoned a 10-month-old dog at John Roberts Dog Park in early July – and left a note saying he was unable to keep the animal ‘due to the ‘raise in my rent’, according to First Coast News.

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The ASPCA told Fox News Digital that it researched pet abandonment in May 2021.

He revealed that the “vast majority” of pandemic pets still provide families with “joy and comfort no matter how circumstances change, and that loving owners continue to appreciate the vital role pets play in their life”.

In Jacksonville, an anonymous pet owner abandoned a 10-month-old dog at John Roberts Dog Park in early July.

A spokesperson for the organization added that shelter take-up and adoption rates fluctuate based on seasonality and other factors that converge simultaneously, including breeding seasons, medical and behavioral issues, and long-term staff shortages.

“By making basic veterinary care accessible and affordable for those who need it most, we can keep companion animals healthy and safe in their homes and out of shelters, while simultaneously enriching the lives of their people. “, wrote the ASPCA in an email.

Animal rights organizations are seeing more and more reports of animals being abandoned in shelters.

Animal rights organizations are seeing more and more reports of animals being abandoned in shelters.
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“The ASPCA is one of many animal welfare organizations working to provide partially and fully subsidized veterinary care and resources, including pet food and grooming services, to pets and owners, including our targeted efforts in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami,” the statement continued.

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A representative from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) confirmed that the organization is seeing increasing reports of animal abandonment in shelters.

“Some of these reports have a particularly tragic side to them,” PETA told Fox News Digital.

In May, the organization reported on a 6-year-old dog named Baby Girl who was abandoned by her homeless owner in Wisconsin after seven animal shelters turned her away.

While some pet owners are abandoning their pets, others are clinging to their pandemic adoptees.

While some pet owners are abandoning their pets, others are clinging to their pandemic adoptees.
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“We are hearing these stories more and more as shelters come under pressure not to kill; instead of taking all comers, as open-admission shelters do, facilities with ‘no-kill’ policies are manipulating their stats by creating barriers for people trying to return animals and only accepting those they deem most ‘adoptable’,” PETA wrote in an email.

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He said he “urges sitters to do everything in their power to keep their pets safe, and urges everyone to neuter and neuter their pets to prevent others from being born into a world already chock-full of pets.” ‘homeless animals,'” PETA continued.

If pet owners find they are unable to care for their animal companions, PETA recommends that they seek open-entry shelters that can “accept all animals in need, regardless of their adoptability for reasons of health, temperament or physical condition”.

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