Due to our current economic status, as a nation, there are many sad stories about families that have no place to live and this includes their dogs and cats.  As a result of job losses and home foreclosures many dog and cat owners are being forced to consider finding a new home for their precious pets.

A significant problem is that some animal owners are simply turning their pets loose when they can no longer take care of them instead of taking them to a shelter.  If the pet is turned loose a car could hit them, they could starve to death, or if they’re lucky animal control will pick them up and hopefully have room to care for the abandoned animal.

The recession is forcing many families to cut back on their spending.  The reality is they don’t have the money it takes to care of their dog or cat.  If families cannot find a loving home for their pet, then perhaps consider placing them in shelters or rescue facilitates – try to find an organization that does not euthanize.

In most instances, animal owners would do anything to keep their dog and/or cat.  Animal owners would prefer to eat less food themselves in order to feed their pets. The last thing pet owners want to face is giving up their pets for any reason.

Veterinarians are reporting a dramatic reduction in appointments for dog and cat preventative health care check ups.  Unfortunately, many pet owners are waiting until something unhealthy occurs and only then will they take their cat or dog in for an examination.

Veterinarians say if pet owners continue avoiding health care check ups for their dog or cat, it may contribute to shortening their animal’s life span. The logic behind this is the veterinarian will not be able to catch a health warning sign in its early stages.  Waiting too long to go to the vet might mean the difference of life or death for your pet.

Here are few ideas to help dog and cat owners find the money they need to care for their pets during this recession. They may want to consider canceling their gym membership of $50 per month and use that money for their pet.  Another tip is to feed your dog and cat high quality pet food.  This will help keep the animals healthier – their organs healthier and that will help them live longer. This is considered a preventative approach to their health care.

An additional suggestion is to research the groups in the U.S. who offer state by state discounted or free pet food, or temporary foster care or medical care. Check with the Humane Society of the United State for more information (www.hsus.com).

Even with all the issues pets are facing, during this recession, the one thing that remains the same is that dog and cat owners love their pets and consider them part of their family.  They will do anything they can to keep their dogs or cats for as long as possible.

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