More than 654,000 pets abandoned to animal shelters in 2023

By IE Staff

First published: 6:13 AM PST, December 26, 2023

Animal shelters are overflowing with beloved pets whose human families can no longer afford to care for them.

Experts say this is happening across the country.

“Unfortunately, as we’re seeing more and more animals entering our shelter, we’re not seeing the same rate of adoption,” Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society CEO Ashley Jeffrey Bock told CBS News. who are leaving their shelters. Our adoptions are down about 5 to 9 percent year over year, but our strays are up about 40 percent. So unfortunately, as we’ve seen, “Maybe ten dogs come in every week. We only see five dogs go out. And that way our kennels stay full for a long time.”

At the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society New YorkTheir kennel is very overrun, some of them Animals Residents are being accommodated in their offices.

Food and veterinary care cost the average cat or dog owner between $500 and $1,000 annually.

Some shelters are waiving pet adoption fees, especially for large dogs. But full kennels have unfortunately become common.

“It’s been going on for over a year now and unfortunately it’s only gotten worse. And we’re not just seeing it here in the New York metropolitan area, we’re seeing it across America. And it’s a crisis. is,” added Ashley Geoffrey Bock.

According to the organization that counts stray animals, more than 654,000 dogs and cats were abandoned by their owners in the United States between January and November 2023.

If you can’t to adopt A pet, shelter executives say, can greatly help pets in need through fostering, food donations, and even volunteering to take dogs on walks.

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