BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s increasing cost of living is putting pressure on people and their pets. Idaho Humane Society officials say they’re seeing an increase in the number of people surrendering their pets because of housing issues.

Kristine Schellhaas with the Idaho Humane Society tells KBOI television in Boise that some owners can’t afford pet insurance or the higher rental rates they must pay with pets. So far this year the shelter has taken in more than 1,500 owner-surrendered cats and dogs.

Schellhaas says it’s heartbreaking because the families love their animals even though they need to re-home them.

For pets needing temporary help, the Idaho Humane Society has a pet food pantry. Owners facing financial issues can get six months of access to the pantry. The shelter’s animal clinic also provides veterinary care to low-income pet owners.

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Information from: KBOI-TV, http://www.kboi2.com