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From unaffordable housing to the pain at the gas pump and little food on the table despite a high grocery bill, High prices and high inflation It affects almost every aspect of American life.
Unfortunately, the pain associated with inflation doesn’t just affect the bank account. It can also have a very real impact on the heart of one’s home, especially when tough choices must be made between putting food on your table or in your pet’s bowl.
The fact of the matter is that in these tough economic timesPet owners are struggling to make ends meet, and many can no longer afford to take care of their furry best friends the way they once did. We’re seeing this problem occur in shelters across the country, from Austin, Texas, to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where affordability forces pet owners to turn their animals over to shelters amid rising costs for pet supplies and veterinary care.
These shelters, in turn, are overwhelmed by abandoned pets and forced to house them in rapidly developing conditions as space, time and resources become stretched and thinner. This problematic cycle exacerbates the difficulties faced by both pet owners and animals losing their homes due to economic uncertainty.
A recent LendingTree survey highlights this eye-opening trend, noting that more than 75% of pet owners say the recent inflation is making pet ownership more expensive, and 26% say they struggle to maintain their pets’ needs due to these spiraling expenses. Even worse, nearly 25% of owners have borrowed debt to secure their pets’ needs, and 30% are stuck in pet-related debts that owe $1,000 or more.
With 70% of households home to pets in America, this is a community-wide problem that deserves a community-driven solution that includes players from the sidewalks of Main Street to the halls of Congress.
To aid in this effort, American Humane has partnered with care Pet Night on Capitol Hill On September 21, members of Congress and their staff can hear directly from leaders in the pet care community about issues that directly affect more than 90 million pet owners in the United States today. By getting this message directly to the people responsible for legislating these economic problems, we can clearly and conclusively help shape the way lawmakers view the very real problem of pet abandonment in the face of rising inflation.
Our work, however, does not start and It ends at Capitol Hill.
The solutions to these challenges lie not only in our elected officials, but in helping all of us, the most affected pet owners. Emergency grants from national animal welfare organizations to shelters and local communities are an excellent way to help keep pets with their caregivers. American Humane is proud to provide more than 100 of these grants to shelters in need across 43 states through our Feed the Hungry campaign. Through this effort, we have gladly provided over 1 million meals to hungry animals. As we continue to provide care for pets and their owners, we urge others to donate to causes like this to help concretely those most in need.
Food banks set up by local and national organizations that provide pet food and supplies can also help ease the heavy burden on families with pets during these tough economic times. When pet owners know they can access what their pet needs to live a healthy and fulfilling life, the stress on both the animal and human is greatly relieved.
Animal welfare organizations and individuals alike must do their best to help our fellow citizens who are struggling to afford Take care of a dear pet. With shelters overcrowded and pet owners grappling with the economic challenges caused by problems like inflation, we need to look to both lawmakers and our fellow neighbors for support in helping keep people with their cuddly friends.
We all know how difficult it can be to take care of a pet when you are struggling to take care of yourself. With a combination of legislative action, emergency grants and community support, we can all help improve the lives of these pets and keep them forever in their homes with the families who need them by their side now more than ever.