Pets Pulling Purse Strings

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The state of the economy is forcing many Americans to make sacrifices with spending, and pet owners are no exception.

Tough times have less people adopting pets and more people taking the ones they already have to shelters.

"His name's Nigel. He's a great cat and he's friendly, but he's lonely so we're trying to get a little friend so he's got somebody to play with while we're gone," Colby Ferraris said.

He and Stephanie Ware would love to adopt another cat, and with more people bringing their pets to the Humane Society, they have a lot to choose from.

"October 2008 vs. October 2007, we had about 60 more owner releases to the shelter," Maryann Hollis, executive director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg, said. "We did get one dog with a gash in her shoulder and they couldn't afford to treat her, so we took her in, took her to the vet and got her treated."

And when pets pull purse strings a little too tight, even the biggest animal lovers can't be too picky.

"If more of them were spade or neutered, we'd probably grab the one we want right now, but that's the question. Do we want to spend 60 to 100 bucks to do that or adopt one that's already neutered and spade," Ferraris said.

And until that question is answered, that's one more cat without a home.

Hollis said when owning a pet, you need to consider the cost of food, routine vet visits and of course the possibility of your pet getting sick.

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  • by joanie Location: marietta on Dec 28, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    weinner on photo is he/she for adoption???
  • by Diane Location: Vienna on Dec 27, 2008 at 06:20 PM
    We chose to help out a boxer that landed at the shelter do to the hard economic times. His previous owner hated having to give him up but knew he couldn't continue to care for him. If that owner is reading this, please know that "Davy" is happy, healthy and well loved in his new home!
  • by concern on Dec 27, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    I think it is sad that people will spend $5 for a pack of cigarettes then to feed there animals.
  • by Pet Owner Location: WV on Dec 27, 2008 at 04:32 AM
    We have 2 dogs who are both spayed. They always got the top of the line food. What we started doing since times are not as easy as they once was, is over a period of time we started mixing their expensive food with cheaper food until now their food cost 8.00 a bag instead of 20.00. It has saved us a bunch, it's just a thought. It would at least keep them out of the shelter. Happy Holidays to all...
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