After the holiday season ends, humane societies are often inundated with pet returns.

The Carver Scott Humane Society has a program called FurKeeps, which gives new owners extra help keeping pets in their homes.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Anna Kirsling of the Carver Scott Humane Society. “I mean, they just want a home and they just want to be loved. They are like any of us. Everyone craves love and affection.”

Whether it’s a bag of food, vaccines or microchips, the goal of the program is to help owners provide financial assistance so they can keep their pets with their families and out of the shelter system.

“Obviously we can’t do it forever, but we have a certain amount in our budget that we can allocate each year for this program and it’s on a first-come, first-served basis, we do the best we can,” Kirsling said.

FurKeeps has been around for a few years and Carver Scott Humane Society says the program has been very successful.