"To actually own a dog and to be able to treat it properly, it's very expensive," pet owner Stephanie Bilodeau said. "And with gas prices going up and even milk alone, people can't afford it."The situation is so bad that many animal rescue groups are launching a foster home campaign to find temporary homes for pets no one can afford to keep.The Central Florida Pug Rescue is seeing an alarming increase in owner surrenders, Local 6's Mike Holfeld reported.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
More on the impact of the bad economy on pets
Local 6 ran a story last week on the number of surrendered pets that are being given up because of economic woes. The "alarming spike" is attributed to people being unable to afford the cost of properly caring for their pets: