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Foreclosure pets: resources

Via VetBlog, a brief article in The Economist about foreclosure animals.

As the number of job losses and foreclosures has mounted over the past two years, some people have chosen to surrender their animals, unable to afford pet food let alone veterinary care. Many have brought their dogs and cats to shelters. Some have been less kind, chaining them to fences or locking them inside their foreclosed homes. One kitten was even left in a mailbox in Boston.

Please take note of the website Foreclosure Pets (dot org):

Welcome and thank you for visiting foreclosurepets.org. Our goal/mission is to help all homeowners facing foreclosure in the United States to find a new home and/or temporary adoption for their pets until they can get back on their feet. Currently there are over 1.6 million foreclosures and with the current economy, including credit crunch and job market, unfortunately there will be more in the near future. Sadly, pets are being left behind to fend for themselves and in many cases this results in starvation and death.

These animals cannot survive on their own and simply do not deserve this treatment.

The goal of foreclosurepets.org is to provide a FREE SERVICE where current homeowners can establish an account. Once the account is set up, they will be able to post their pet’s information, including photos, description, and contact information in order to find them a temporary home or a new family.

We also encourage other rescue groups, non-profits and even agents to post animals they have or may find in foreclosure homes on our site.

In addition we have a lost/found section for animals so if you find a pet or lose your own you can post the information on the website. If you, or someone you know, are in danger of losing their home, please have them visit foreclosurepets.org to give their pet a chance to find a loving home.


Economy continues to cause animal suffering:

There is an exponentially growing nationwide need for help in sheltering and rescuing cats, horses, dogs, and other pets whose families can no longer afford to care for them: if you have stuff you can donate to shelters and rescue organizations (cat carriers, crates, horse blankets, etc.), please do – and of course, if you have the ability to purchase and donate items on shelter wish-lists, or to donate money, they need it desperately.

Hard times leaving animals homeless: shelters overburdened by increase in surrenders, strays

“I’ve been doing this for 15 years and this is the worst year I can remember.’’

Great story about helping homeless people & their animals:

SALEM, Ore. — Tammy Thompson lives in a tarp-covered tent on Salem’s fringe, sharing her “little spot in the woods” with three much-loved dogs.

“They’re my children. They’re everything to me,” said Thompson, 44.

That’s why she was grateful for a local program that provides free exams, vaccinations and medications for the pets of homeless people. The aim is to improve public safety and show compassion for homeless people.

…The makeshift “clinic” location was a small building near Cascades Gateway Park — a southeast Salem camping area for some homeless people and their pets.

As dogs and cats received health exams, their owners socialized, ate spaghetti and talked about their pets.

These kinds of clinics, often supplemented by barbecues, have occurred monthly in Salem since May.

You can read the whole thing here.

More on foreclosures and the consequences to animals

In the continuing flood of reports on foreclosure pets, About dot com has a basic article up about how the economic crisis is escalating abandonment and relinquishment of animals.

Here’s yet another news story on the subject, only this time, it’s the shelters themselves in foreclosure.

There are links in the article for how to help if you can.

Report from the Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl fundraiser for animals made homeless by foreclosures:

“Thank you for making the inaugural Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl an overwhelming success! Roughly 400 dogs (and more humans) showed up in City Hall Park on Saturday, September 26 to cross The Brooklyn Bridge under the cover of darkness to help some of the one million pets that will lose their homes to foreclosure.

To date, we’ve raised more than $4,000, but you can still make a difference: Please donate to our partner shelters in New York, California and Florida. Or, to find a shelter in your area, click here.”

You can see more photos and read more at The Pup Crawl’s website.

There’s an article and video about the local and national impact of foreclosures on animals here.

In the news: light up the Brooklyn Bridge for animals made homeless by foreclosures, Ad Council campaign urges shelter adoptions, and animal hoarding resources

For One Night, Dogs Light Up The Brooklyn Bridge

A dog parade across The Brooklyn Bridge will raise money for the 1 million pets displaced by home foreclosure. Hundreds of dogs will participate, and New Yorkers will “light up the night” to feed pets in need (participants will use illuminated dog leashes).

Saturday, September 26 at 5:30 PM in City Hall Park: walk begins after Sunset (at approximately 6:45 PM)

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The Shelter Pet Project Marks First Ad Council Campaign to Focus on Pets

NEW YORK, September 24, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — The Advertising Council, in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund, announced today the launch of The Shelter Pet Project, a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign, designed to encourage pet lovers throughout the country to make shelters their first choice for acquiring companion animals. The Shelter Pet Project is the first national PSA campaign to bring together the largest animal welfare organizations and many shelters across the country for one unified goal – to increase pet adoption.

Read more at What Would A Dog Do.

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A recent animal hoarding news story brought the blog Animal Hoarding News & Info blog and website to my attention. Good resource information on what hoarding is and how to deal with it – check it out.

Foreclosures, unemployment = homeless animals and impossible situations for shelters

Photo by Ashley Lowery/Daily News-Sun

Here’s one of many, many articles coming out daily on the thousands of animals – especially cats – being abandoned and relinquished by people who can no longer afford to feed them, pay for vet care, and/or who no longer have a home themselves.

Economic Hardships Strain Animal Shelters:

…a combination of factors are contributing to the large number of cats and kittens.

“It’s kitten season,” Henson said. “And unfortunately people are losing their homes and relocating, and going from homes into apartments which either don’t take animals or charge fees for pets, or the people can’t afford pet deposits.”

Henson said SCAR [Sun Cities Animal Rescue in Glendale] is receiving 10 to 15 calls a day from people trying to surrender their older cats.

People are also abandoning their animals when they lose their homes and apartments, Henson said.

“And every week we get at least one cat with kittens just left in our courtyard,” Henson said. “And that’s been going on for months. And the same with dogs.”


“Just in the past week alone, we have taken in 500 cats and kittens,” said Shannon Valenzuela, director of shelter operations for the Arizona Humane Society, which posted the signs warning those surrendering their cats of the possible subsequent euthanasia. “The lack of cat adopters makes the situation even more crucial. We haven’t had to euthanize a healthy, adoptable animal for space in nearly seven years — a trend we definitely want to continue.”

From August to September, that organization had already taken in more than 2,200 cats and kittens.


Sun Cities 4 Paws


Sun Cities Animal Rescue


Arizona Humane Society


This could be about every shelter right now.

Every small thing you can do helps:  even if you’re not able to adopt, foster, or send money to help with expansions and costs of care, you might be able to buy a bag or some cans of the kind of cat food your shelter prefers and drop it off once a week or month, or donate an old cat-carrier or crate, or be able to help in some other way. Your shelter will certainly have ideas.

In the blogroll at right, there’s a ‘your local shelter’ link to help you find contact info should you need it.