Record inflation has caused an overcrowding crisis for North Jersey's animal shelters with fewer people able to afford their current pets or to adopt a new one.
As families adjust to life after the pandemic and transition back to the office and the classroom, they are finding it difficult to care for pets. Some are relocating out of state for work and others are moving into apartments that prohibit pets.
Others are financially burdened and cannot afford the cost of veterinary care and see no other option but to surrender their animals.
Robyn Urman, founder of Pet ResQ Inc. in Tenafly said, “my goal became keeping animals in their homes instead of removing them. So we will supply food, toys, treat, whatever I can get my hands on. I help people pay vet bills, it’s just become a snowball effect.”