In the town of Collinsville, Oklahoma, even pets have been hit by the economic downturn, according to Tulsa World
The area's animal shelters and rescue groups have seen a rise in animals in need of homes, because some families can't afford to keep their pets.
Unfortunately, animal rescue
shelters have also seen a decrease in donations.
"People who've been able to give me several thousand (dollars) [in the past] can give me $500 now," Susan Babbitt, a shelter operator, told the news source.
Babbitt founded the nonprofit, Friends of the Collinsville Animal Shelter, and also opened her own animal shelter, Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven, located in Collinsville, Oklahoma.
"It's just unbelievably intense with the pets right now. I'm just pedaling as fast as I can to bring in different money," she added.
Jamie Suarez, president and founder of Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, also wants pet owners to know that, although there has been an increase in the amount of pets coming into the shelters, taking an animal to a shelter is much more responsible than abandoning a pet.
Those who have room for another dog or cat should visit their local animal shelter. Now more than ever, furry friends are in need of a loving home.