HUDSON — The Columbia-Greene Humane Society has seen a sharp increase in the number of people surrendering their pets over the past few weeks, President and CEO Ron Perez said Thursday.

Many of the animals are being surrendered to the shelter because their owners have lost their jobs or are being evicted, Perez said.

The Humane Society has traditionally requested surrender fees of $30 for cats and $50 for dogs, but the fees have increasingly presented a hardship for many unemployed pet owners, Perez said.

The shelter is waiving the fees for people who need to surrender their pet, Perez said.

“We understand that for some people, surrendering their pet is a difficult and emotional decision. Often, financial difficulties in the family seem to make matters even worse,” he said. “Waiving our surrender fees will hopefully make these decisions less stressful for families.”

The organization receives surrenders by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 518-828-6044 or email info@cghs.org.

For pet owners who need a helping hand and want to keep their animal, the shelter’s free pet-food bank is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no appointment required.

The pet food bank allows pet owners who are facing financial problems to get their pet food at the shelter free of charge, in hopes they won’t have to surrender their pets, Perez said.

For those who may be looking to adopt a dog or cat, the new arrivals at the shelter are ready to be adopted, Perez said.

All the available pets are posted on the shelter’s website at cghs.org.

The shelter, on Humane Society Road in Claverack, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. for adoptions and surrenders, Perez said.

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