Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region sees 43% increase in pet abandonment

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO)– This year, The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) found a 43% increase in abandonment by cat and dog owners compared to last year. HSPPR Director of Marketing and Communications, Colette Bradley, said far fewer pet owners are abandoning their pets in 2021.

“During the pandemic, we have been able to transfer animals from other parts of the country and help other shelters see an increase in animals and help them by welcoming and adopting them here in our communities,” said Bradley.

Bradley said there was no clear data that concludes why there is an increase now, but they said it was an emotional and personal decision for pet owners.

“They might move to a place that doesn’t allow pets. They might be going through a tough time financially. They might end up homeless. There are a lot of reasons why they can’t keep a pet. We just want to be there for the animal and the person the best we can,” Bradley said.

Bradley said if adopting a pet doesn’t work out for any reason, HSPPR will take that pet back. She said they would much rather have pet owners bring them than abandon the animal.

“If it doesn’t work out with you, we can definitely rehom this animal with someone else,” Bradley said.

She said they were doing everything they could to help pet owners.

“We are doing everything we can to provide resources to keep your pet with you. This is obviously the best case scenario for everyone, we are looking at organizations to see what they can do to help as well. We are doing everything what we can. Sometimes it’s just not enough and owner surrender seems to be the result,” Bradley said.

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