Economy hurting family pets

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Forced out of homes by foreclosures or struggling to afford pet care, many families are giving up their pets.

Scout, a two-year-old pit bull, is one foreclosure victim. 

Her owners considered euthanizing the dog before Eugene's Luv-a-Bull Pit Bull Rescue and Sanctuary stepped in.

Now, Scout is spending her days at the 55 acre sanctuary while awaiting adoption.  She's joined by a handful of other dogs, including two puppies who are also victims of the bad economy.  They were abandoned in a park because their owner couldn't afford to care for them.

Struggling familes are flooding animal rescues like Luv-a-Bull with requests to take their pets.  But many are at capacity and can't take on more animals.

"We get 10 to 15 e-mails daily from people forced to give up their pets because they've lost their homes," said Patrick Leiser, a volunter with Luv-a-Bull.  Leiser is also a realtor, who says he works with families

Animal shelters are also inundated with pet surrenders.

At the Greenhill Humane Society, the cattery is so full of kittens and "foreclosure felines", pet owners must wait eight weeks before the shelter can take their cat. 

And dogs and cats aren't the only ones affected.

BIS Pet Grooming in Springfield is hosting a large fish who is also a victim of the economy.  Its owner was laid off and could only find work out of state, so he left the fish behind. 

"He brought him to us so he didn't end up in a freezer or do something awful with him," said Debbie Petersen, who own's BIS Pet Grooming. 

Many animal shelters and animal organizations can help struggling pet owners find low cost pet care and food.