by June Portnoy
Every year an estimated eight million animals nationwide enter shelters. Nearly 50% never find homes and are euthanized. About six to eight percent of pets surrendered are due to a pet owner’s financial inability to care for them.
Citing these statistics, Marianne Iaquinto explains why she established Sam’s Hope, based in Richboro, one year ago.
“I read how so many shelters are suddenly overflowing since the economy has been adversely affected, and I wanted to do something to help,” says Marianne, who has always been an animal lover.
“When money is tight, and you have to choose between feeding your family, paying your utility bills or caring for your pets, your pets become your last priority, which is why so many of them end up in shelters.”