When economic conditions make it difficult for owners to feed animals
that they love and care for, adoption does not have to be the answer. In many areas, pet food banks are cropping up to help pet lovers cope with the financial hardship.
In South Florida, these pet food banks are becoming increasingly important as more people struggle to pay bills, according to the Sun Sentinel. In 2008, USA Today reported that the usual recipients of the goods at free pet food pantries - low-income pet owners - were being joined by middle-class people who had lost their jobs or run into other financial hardships.
At Fido's Food Bank at the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue
League in West Palm Beach, the demand has grown in recent months. Over its 10 years of existence, it has served about 100 families, but in July, it served 144, the Sun Sentinel reports.
"We want to keep as many people and pets together as we can," Joy Humphries, the director of development and marketing for the rescue league told the news source. She said that the goal of the food bank is to slow the tide of people surrendering their pets to shelters because of the financial burden.