Homeless for the holidays: Pet shelters see spike
WASHINGTON — It could be changing family situations. Sometimes there were financial troubles, or a just a spur of the moment decision by a pet owner: In recent years, area animal shelters saw a sudden spike in the number of family pets who wound up homeless for the holidays.
Something about the pressures of the holidays prompted the seasonal surge in pet give-ups. “People were going out of town, just deciding they weren’t going to board the animal, and would give it up,” says Rodney Taylor, associate director of the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division.
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