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New York Animal Shelters Say Inflation and Economy Cause Big Rise in Abandoned Pets

Animal care centers at all three New York City shelters are seeing an increase in people abandoning their pets and blaming inflation for the change.

“The number one problem for dogs and cats is housing. Either they go to housing that doesn’t allow pets or they move because of financial restrictions, you know, rising inflation affects everything. It affects the cost of food, the cost of services,” said Katy Hansen, director of marketing at NYC ACC.

According to Hansen, these are not pandemic pets that were adopted during the pandemic and have now returned, these are pets that have been with families for years.

“There were stories going around that they were pandemic pets, people adopted during the pandemic, and they went back to work and now they’re giving their animals back, but that’s actually not what happening,” she said.

The number of dog and cat moms and dads abandoning their fur babies is up 25% over the same time last year, and that’s not the only problem shelters are facing. People don’t adopt either, leading to overcrowding in shelters.

Hansen says shelters are at breaking point.

“So last year around this time, say, between January and May, we took about 5,500 animals and this year we took 6,800,” Hansen told FOX 5 NY.

Animal care centers have resources to help families in difficulty. So far this year, 6,000 people have inquired about the services. ACC has a pet food pantry, where people can order food online and have it delivered directly. They also have grants they can give for medical cases and even work with local vets.

In the meantime, there are ways to help the shelter, you can adopt a four-legged friend or even adopt one. For more ways to help, head to their NYCACC.or websiteg.