Arizona Humane Society Gearing Up For Homeless Pets

By Vaughan Jones
Associated Press
Published: Sunday, December 20, 2020 - 5:17pm
Updated: Sunday, December 20, 2020 - 5:47pm
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Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal Sunday on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them.

The agreement, announced by congressional leaders, would establish a temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefit and a $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses and money for schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction.

However, many people and their pets could be facing homelessness.

Steven Hansen, president of the Arizona Humane Society, said their current estimates show that 20% to 30% of renters in Arizona could be affected by this crisis, as well as thousands of pets.

Hansen said the Arizona Humane Society has formed a pet housing crisis task force, which includes an animal foster program.

A continuation of the federal eviction moratorium has been discussed in the upcoming federal COVID-19 relief deal.