Abandoned pets are overwhelming animal shelters in some parts of the country as home foreclosures lead many families to leave their pets behind, according to The Associated Press.
But that’s not happening here, at least not at the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County. Staff there report that in the last three months, they have seen a decrease in animals entering the shelter because their owners moved, became homeless, were evicted or abandoned them during a move. The decline comes at a time when total shelter admissions are rising slightly.
What’s going on? Certainly, our state hasn’t been hit as hard by foreclosures as others have, but they are still on the increase. Maybe we just have more responsible pet owners — or more rural places to dump animals.