Pets: The Other Homeless Problem

Inflation-Strapped Americans Increasingly Abandoning Pets

  • More than 23 million U.S. households — nearly one in five nationwide — adopted a pet during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  • Thirty-five percent of pet owners in September said they were concerned about the expense of having a pet in the current economy, according to data from the American Pet Products Association trade group. Of those, half said they may have to give up their pet.
  • “When the economy is struggling, families are struggling,” said Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter outreach and engagement at the Humane Society of the United States. “That shows up as surrenders.”
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