Economy hurting animal shelters

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - In a struggling economy, Americans tend to hold on to their hard earn dollars and spend less, and one of the little though of areas that suffers from this is animal shelters.

"We're having a dramatic impact here at the humane society of northeast Texas we are seeing more and more owner turnovers of animals where people are either having to move out for work or leaving the animals behind just not having the ability to care for the animals," says Humane Society of northeast Texas director Mark Salazar.

Workers at animal shelters say the kennels are filling up with cats and dogs, some strays, but most from surprising sources. "We had a real nice family turn in a couple of dogs they just couldn't afford to feed any more," Salazar says.

Some shy away from adoption thinking its too expensive, but Salazar says that is not really true.

"There is a fee of $100 but that includes first set of shots spay and neuter voucher, rabies voucher," he says.

And there is a sad eventuality. "Every day, if they don't find home, our only alternative is to humanely euthanize them to provide more space," says Salazar.

It is not just adoptions that are down, shelter donations are down as well.

"Our numbers monthly are 5-600 intake, we see about 10,000 animals a year in here," he says.

Salazar says it simply boils down to people choosing between medication for themselves and a pet.

"Those numbers never stop coming in the door those animals never stop coming in, we need good homes for animals to be placed into," Salazar says.

If you'd like to adopt a pet, or make a donation, you are encouraged to contact the humane society shelter in your area.

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