Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Shelters fear flood of pets as times get tough

Sad story in today's Toronto Star:

With each factory that closed, each round of layoffs at the General Motors plant, more animals came in.

Many were simply abandoned, left in empty apartments after the tenants had been evicted. But in other cases – one or two a month – it was clear they had been surrendered for financial reasons, their owners unable to pay for food or veterinary bills, says Ruby Richards, manager of the Humane Society of Durham Region in Oshawa, a region hard hit by the manufacturing sector's steady decline.

With the added squeeze of the recession, more Durham residents are giving up pets to cut costs, Richards said. "We get calls from people who have lost their job, who are moving in with relatives and can't take their pets with them."

You can read the rest here.

7 comments:

Angie in TO said...

This breaks my heart.

Rob said...

Gawd, it's like giving up a family member... something I could never EVER do.

Teresa said...

This economic crisis is truly a sad state of affairs. Everyday I keep hoping to hears something positive is happening out there. Let hope things start to settle down soon!

Teena in Toronto said...

We'd cut corners before we give up our furkids!

Mary Moore said...

I could never get rid of our little pets. They are family and the best friends. So sad.

Haley-O said...

that is beyond sad. It's like abandoning a child -- they're our babies and we're RESPONSIBLE for them when we take them in. Really really awful. I will never buy a pet from a breeder (my whole family has...). Only shelters. So many animals need homes. If I could, I'd be the Angelina Jolie of animals. Would adopt them all....

najma said...

terrible that pets must pay all this economic situation