With the vast number of people losing their jobs, and not being able to afford morgages the number of abandoned pets has risen. The cost of pet care and pet food is also rising. A starving cat and dog were found in a Westmoreland County apartment building. The owner evicted for not paying rent, was unable to care for the abandoned animals.
Kathy Burkley of the Humane Society of Westmoreland county said "We're getting more and more calls from people who have lost their jobs or homes due to the economy." "Donations are also down, and increased pet population is going up, presenting a very difficult dilemmma."
The no kill Westmoreland County shelter is already filled to capacity, and is encouraging anyone who can take care of a pet to consider adopting. Donations are always welcome!
I'm sure that this situation will not be limited to one shelter. The problem will be widespread as the effects of our economy keep hitting us hard. I've found if you buy food in bulk it's much more economical in the long run. I found a 3lb bag of cat food is almost half the price of a 16lb bag. Sometimes you can get a good deal when on sale, and store in big plastic containers. I'm sad to know that not only families, but pets are now suffering for our sagging economy.
You can see the animals rescued and related story and video of the Westmoreland Humane Society here: http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/westmoreland/16439916/detail.html
Adopt or give to your local Humane Society today! The dogs and cats need your help now!
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