Call Kurtis: Pet shelters, gas prices, and insurance


Area animal shelters are overwhelmed. The issue is being blamed on delayed care through the pandemic and inflation.

“That is the hardest summer that I even have seen in 13 years of being involved in animal welfare,” said Mirah Horowitz with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Horowitz and her team rescue pets from high-kill shelters. Those needing a house are outpacing people on the lookout for pets.

“I even have never turned down puppies,” said Horowitz. “I’m turning down puppies this yr.”

Data from Best Friends Animal Society show 355,000 cats and dogs were killed in U.S. shelters in 2021 — the primary increase in five years. Some shelters are understaffed, turning away pets. And more are getting surrendered because families who cannot afford them are facing touch selections.

“We needed to make a call about you realize, we’d like a roof for the child and us,” said Florida resident Kathya Perec.

One other factor? Suspending spaying and neutering through the pandemic.

“Now, we’re within the fourth generation of those unwanted litters that got here out of that point!” said Horowitz.

Have in mind, that some SPCA vet clinics offer low-cost vet care.

“There may be a large spectrum of what pet owners can afford and all along that spectrum there is a limit to how much people can afford to pay for care,” said Dr. Carolyn Brownw with the ASPCA Community Medicine Dept.


Amid the country’s inflation, one thing that’s getting cheaper: Gas. It’s down about $1 in Sacramento from the height in June. The California average is now $5.61 a gallon. In Sacramento, it’s $5.45. AAA credits the decline with a drop in demand, with almost two-thirds of Americans changing their driving habits since March.


The state goes after Mercury Insurance, saying it steered good drivers toward costlier policies.
The insurance commissioner says he’s pursuing the utmost penalties allowed. Good drivers are mandated to get a 20 percent good driver discount.

Geico suddenly shut down its 38 California offices. The Sacramento Bee reports that the insurer isn’t any longer writing recent policies for purchasers over the phone. Which means you possibly can only get one online. I reached out to Geico on the explanation for its shutdown, and what it means for current customers, but didn’t hear back. They told the Bee that they continue to be available for his or her 2 million+ current California customers. 


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