I cannot understand the reasoning behind having to rid yourself of your pets because you lose your job, etc. I have a hard enough time making any ends meet month to month, but am able to care for my animals. I haven't had a traditional job for a few years now, and work soley on freelance payment for web-related work (all this equals= generally unemployeed). I plan for, save for, buy bulk, and spend wisely and am able to buy premium food, toys, treats, health supplies, etc for all of them. My only issue would be if I ever didn't have a place to live...however, I do have a car that would suffice temporarily if there was some emergency.
Then again, I have to take in account that I don't purchase cable, internet service, cell phone service, or those kinds of things. I live pretty simply, just out of habit. I also have been in rough situations and learned about how to get freebies, cheapies, and deals in life.
But...I fail to see the vaildity of 'oh, i can't afford it,' 'oh, i lost my job,' etc, let alone this last minute, 'I need to get rid of my cat ASAP or ELSE!' crap. I would not be just handing out my pets to whoever at the last minute because I CARE where and to whom they go.
I don't think people like this really care about animals like they should. Perhaps to them, they are not like small children (how I see and feel about mine), but merely glorified stuffed-animals?