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Renters in Treasure Valley are surrendering their animals at shelters. Here’s why.

She’s not alone. With rent prices in the Treasure Valley soaring over the past year, many renters who own pets are giving up their animals, unable to find an affordable place that accommodates their pets.

Kristine Schellhaas, spokesperson for Idaho Humane Society, said the majority of surrenders at the shelter are due to housing situations, instead of behavioral issues or the owner not wanting the pet anymore.

“I think this really is a wide swath of people that it’s affected,” Schellhaas said. “A lot of locals have been affected by this by people coming (into Idaho) with a lot of money.” Click to read more…

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