As the economy continues to sink, people aren’t the only ones feeling the effects. More families are losing their homes, and many people aren’t sure what to do with their pets.
That problem could leave up to 1 million homeless pets homeless. The ASPCA makes the prediction based on foreclosure and pet ownership rates.
To help ease the blow, the ASPCA recommends pet owners who lose their living space to take one of these steps:
- Ask a loved one to look after your pet until you get back on your feet.
- Choose a rental property that allows pets.
- Seek out a shelter that will accept your pet before you move.
Volunteers who want to help out can do a lot to improve the situation, the ASPCA suggests. There are some steps many of us can take to help shelters and rescues deal with the possible influx of animals:
- Adopt a pet.
- Foster a homeless pet.
- Donate towels, blankets and toys to rescues and shelters.
- Support community services that help home owners who are teetering on the brink of foreclosure.
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll