Animal Shelters Filling Up As More Pets Are Abandoned
Central Islip, N.Y.: A young beagle mix is among the dozens of dogs awaiting adoption at a new Town of Islip animal shelter in Central Islip, New York on October 29, 2021. (Photo by John Paraskevas/Newsday RM vis Getty Images)

Animal shelters across the country say they’re filled to capacity – in part because families can no longer afford to take care of their pets.

Craig Cummings of the Casper Humane Society says his shelter gets calls “on a daily basis” from people who can’t afford to keep their pets or are being forced to move.

The APSCA estimates that it costs nearly $1,400 a year to take care of a dog and $1,150 to own a cat.

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