PHOENIX - People who face foreclosure and have to get rid of pets are contributing to an increase in the number of animals at shelters across metropolitan Phoenix.
Some distressed homeowners often find themselves in smaller rental homes or apartments after losing their home, and many of those rentals don't allow pets.
Many owners take their animals to shelters, hoping their pets will find new homes. Others simply move without their pets, leaving them behind in the backyard or abandoning them on the side of the road.
The Arizona Humane Society has received more than 1,000 abandonment calls this year, nearly double the number at this time last year. Other shelters and rescues also have reported significant increases because of foreclosures.