Economic Downturn Puts More Animals In Need Of Foster Care, Adoption

10/11/2010 02:57 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

As a result of the national recession, many pet owners across the country have been forced to give up animals they can no longer afford to care for.

Dogs, cats and other domesticated animals have found themselves with no where to go. According to USA Today, Shelters across America are overwhelmed with an influx of homeless animals.

USA Today reports,

There are more animals than space in shelters across the country, a problem which has worsened this year and is particularly bad in areas where foreclosure rates are highest, says Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Baby animals that are abandoned are typically cared for by foster families until they are eight weeks old and able to be put in a shelter to await adoption.

Prospective volunteers can learn more about fostering animals in need and other volunteer opportunities on the ASPCA website. They can also contact their local animal shelter to find out how to adopt a pet or lend a hand to help nearby animals.