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Hard times force owners to ditch pets

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image kabc"><span>KABC</span></div><span class="caption-text">Economic hardships are forcing pet owners to take their animals to shelters.</span></div>
July 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Economic hardships are forcing pet owners to turn their animals over to shelters.When owners lose their homes so do their pets. During these tough economic times more pets are being abandoned or dropped off at animal shelters.

View a slideshow of animals displaced by owners' tough economic times

The Pasadena Humane Society, like others, have seen an increase in dog and cat owners come in with their pet asking if they'll will take them in.

"These people are sobbing and these are people who don't feel that they have any recourse. It is tragic for the family and that includes the pet," said Ricky Whitman from the Pasadena Humane Society.

They are running out of room at the Pasadena Humane Society and the cats and dogs need to placed in homes or they will be put down. The staff does not want to have to do that.

Another problem that they are running into is that they are finding more abandoned animals, especially domesticated animals. According to the Pasadena Humane Society, domesticated animals cannot survive on their own.

"Domestic animals are accustomed to being fed and they do not know how to live on their own, so it really is a difficult situation," said Whitman.

Shelters are reaching out to those who can afford to adopt.

"I hope everyone of them gets picked up, but the bottom line is people don't make the effort or they do not have the space. There always seems to be an excuse. If you can afford an animal and you can give it some love that is what it is all about," said Pasadena resident, Don Watson.

 

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