Forget the polls. You know things are bad — really bad — when even our dogs and cats are having fun in the Biden economy.
With crippling inflation at 9.1% – a 40-year high – crushing the middle class, Americans from New York to San Francisco are struggling to make ends meet. We are facing steep increases in rent prices which have skyrocketed by 25.3% for one bedroom on average nationwide and 26.5% for one bedroom year over year. other, according to a July 2022 report from Rent.com. Now add soaring prices for food, gas, travel, and a myriad of other increased expenses that are hurting working families. As such, voters aren’t the only ones suffering under Team Biden; America’s beloved pets are also bearing the brunt of failed Democrat policies – as man’s best friend is tragically abandoned by cash-strapped owners who can no longer afford to take care of it.
All dog and cat owners will tell you this truth: our beloved pets are not just “animals”; they are our best friends, our faithful companions and, sometimes, our protectors. Yet these all-important family members who enrich our lives and provide unconditional love to all – including lonely retirees and others in desperate need of companionship – are being torn from their homes and sent to live in cages or worse. because their owners are forced to choose between paying rent and other necessities of life or caring for their pets.
A choice no American should have to make – I don’t care how you vote.
In the United States, the richest country in the world, no one should have to make the agonizing choice between feeding their family or feeding their beloved dog or cat, but under the flagrant mismanagement of the American economy by the Biden administration, even the cost of pet food is rising dramatically. “Inflation in the US pet food market is now higher than the consumer price index (CPI). For June 2022, pet food inflation was 10.3% year-on-year (YOY), compared to 9.1% for CPI,” according to market trends tracked by petfoodindustry.com
This sobering reality doesn’t even take into account all the other inflated costs associated with owning a pet, such as vet bills, grooming fees, and other related expenses. All told, animal shelters across the country are overwhelmed with stray animals.
“National shelter data from Shelter Animals Count – a non-profit organization that monitors the country’s ‘animal welfare landscape’ – shows that from January 2022 to June 2022, the number of abandoned animals rose from 31,606 to 38,066 at 1,050 animal shelters,” Fox News digital reported.
In New York alone, the number of abandoned pets at animal care centers is up 25% from last year. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“Outside of New York, reports from across the country indicate that pet owners are bringing animals to shelters at an alarming rate in Akron, Ohio; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Stockton, California; Houston, TX; Johnson City, TN; Farmington, New Mexico; and Missoula, Montana,” Fox News added.
I shudder to think how much worse the lives of our four-legged friends will get in the months, if not years to come, as the US economy heads into recession under the disastrous policies of Sleepy Joe, which have unequivocally hurt more Americans than they helped.
The point is, the Democratic Party is to blame, which obviously cares more about placating its radical climate donors consumed by the destruction of the fossil fuel industry than the best interests of Americans and animal welfare. All the more reason to choose carefully when pulling the lever as the midterm elections approach.
Your financial health and the welfare of your animals are at stake.
– Adriana Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. To learn more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.