Every day I read articles about the dwindling state of the economy. Everyone is affected by the economic crisis, including animals. The ASPCA estimates that between 500,000 and 1 million cats and dogs in the U.S. are at risk of becoming homeless as a result of the continuing economic downturn.
Homelessness is the No. 1 risk factor for companion animals. They are the silent victims most likely to die in shelters simply due to a lack of space or resources to care for them. Moreover, homelessness makes companion animals vulnerable to unspeakable cruelty, sometimes at the hands of their own community.
I donated my time as a volunteer at the ASPCA adoption center to socialize with the cats and dogs and to help them find loving, permanent homes. Many animal shelters need the support of their community. You can volunteer, offer foster care, donate used blankets, towels or even cat/dog toys to your local animal shelter.
There has never been a better time to support your local animal shelter if you are in a position to do so.