Sluggish Economy Hurting Man's Best Friend

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) "The economy is affecting really everybody right now, and man's best friend is taking a hit right now too," said Bill Kidd.

Bill Kidd is the Shelter Director at the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society.

Kidd says more and more people are choosing to surrender their pets--dogs and cats--to the shelter simply because pet food and shots aren't in the family budget during these sluggish economic times.

"One case in particular where someone lost their home and they had three dogs and so we had to take them.  Older people are  having to downsize, and move into apartments and can't take their animals," said Kidd.

The shelter now has a litter of puppies born just two days ago.

Kidd says the mother was brought in partly because the owner simply couldn't afford to feed the whole family.

Kidd says he's hopeful luck will be on these newborn puppies side.

"We've had great success adopting out new puppies and momma's too," said Kidd.

Kidd says shelters across Region 8 are seeing an increase in surrendered animals because the cost of care is simply too much when the dollar doesn't go as far as it used to.

He says many shelters work together to make sure animals are in good care while in their care, as they work to fill priority number one, which is finding animals homes that need them.