MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- It's a life behind bars for animals at the Montgomery Humane Society.
Hundreds of dogs and cats housed at the shelter whimper and wait for their owners.
The sad truth is, however, most of their owners won't be coming to get them.
"A lot of times, they're abandoned at a home or an apartment. Due to the economy, we have seen an increase of the animals that have been abandoned," explained Tonya Pitts, the shelter's Intake Director.
With tight spending, some pet owners simply can't afford to keep their furry friends.
One after another, they find their way to the shelters.
"It breaks my heart, it really does. We have probably 8 to 10 here that have been here 4 to 5 months," said volunteer Linda Morrow.
The Humane Society is crowded--ready to burst with abandoned pets.
Workers urge the public to help in any way they can.
"We have lots of volunteer opportunities to bathe dogs, walk dogs, and just to socialize them as much as possible to help them find permanent homes," Pitts said.
While some people are willing to give their time--and love--to pets without a home, staffers also want to help struggling owners as they fight the problem.
"We'd be able to help them or assist them in getting help to keep their animals. [They shouldn't] be embarrassed with having to bring their animals to the shelter," Pitts explained.
If you'd like to help the Montgomery Humane Society, give them a call at (334) 409-0622.