It would be hard to find anyone who is not affected by the current economic crisis. The financial woes of big business and government typically dominate the headlines. But they are not the only ones having to struggle through this new economy. Animal shelters and rescues are facing a difficult time.
Many shelters and rescues are facing budget cuts. And at the same time, they are faced with an influx of homeless pets, as more and more owners face the difficult decision that they are unable to take care of them.
Perhaps it is because of the loss of a home, or being forced to downsize to a place that is not “pet friendly.” Or perhaps a pink slip means there is no extra money to pay for pet food or veterinary care. Whatever the reason, Brian Adams, spokesperson for Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says that, “We’re also seeing more animals dumped on our properties. People have been leaving dogs in runs, walking through the doors and just leaving animals in the lobby, leaving cats in bags outside our doors — that’s something that’s happening a lot at all our adoption centers. It was happening before, but not at the rate it’s happening now.”
So here’s a bit of good news. A new contest at www.InspiringRescueStories.com invites people to share stories of their shelters and rescued pets. Not only does this contest aim to increase awareness of the plight of homeless animals, and let people know about the work that shelters do, there’s a chance to win a donation to the shelter or rescue of the winner’s choice.
While this won’t solve the problem, perhaps it can make things a little easier for a shelter or two.