Local Animal Shelters See More Pets Given Up As Money Gets Tighter

It was just a few days ago when we introduced you to a 44 pound homeless cat, wandering the streets of New Jersey.

It turns out this cat, called Princess Chunk is actually a Prince Chunk, and a victim of foreclosure.

The owner no longer had a home and was unable to care for the cat, whose name is actually Powder. As our own Lakecia Shockley found out, financial burdens are becoming a more common reason animals are showing up on the door step of east Texas shelters.

Just by looking at the faces of these two puppies, you probably can't imagine someone giving them away - but their owner did.

"They animal control officer said that the owners couldn't provide for them anymore because everythings going up with the price of gas..food...bills," Darcell Morris told us today. She's a volunteer for the Humane society of east Texas.

And those rising costs are the reason the Humane society of northeast Texas is seeing so many needy pets.

"As far as owner relinquish pets...I would say probably sixty to seventy percent are reasons dealing with finances," Roxanne Huston, the executive director of the Humane society told us.

"One of the most common reason for people relinquishing their own pets is because they're moving. As we see the mortgage crisis hit and get closer to our area it is going to effect people and the fact that they can't afford to take their pets with them if they do have to move."

The Humane society says the best thing to do if you can't afford to take care of your pet is find someone who can or take them to a shelter, but ultimately the goal is to help these animals with needy faces find a home.

"We have hundreds of pets here just waiting for the perfect family to come and adopt them."

Right now, the Humane society of northeast Texas is looking for temporary animal foster care shelters around the area.

In Smith County, the Humane society of east Texas says that economic reasons are becoming more and more common for people bringing animals into their shelter as well, especially in situations where families have more than one animal in their household.

Lakecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com