Animals have been feeling the pain of the poor economy just as much, if not worse, than humans. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that animal rescue
shelters across metro Atlanta have seen an increase in pet abandonment as well as a spike in calls from owners who need help caring for their pets in light of financial troubles.
The trend is the same across the country, as more people cannot afford to care for their pet, or have to move to a place where they cannot keep the animal. The news source reports that in the past six weeks alone, 16 unwanted animals, mostly cats, have been left overnight outside the Georgia Society for he Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a nonprofit animal rescue shelter
in Suwanee, Georgia.
"What has increased steadily each month has been the surrenders, the people that have come in and turned their animals over to the shelter for mostly economical reasons," Tscharner Myrick, a spokeswoman for Fulton County Animal Services, told the news outlet.
The animals surrendered are joining the 5 to 7 million companion animals that enter shelters across the nation each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This is putting a severe burden on shelters as they too are affected by the economic downturn.