Pets Get Left Out in the Cold When Homes are Foreclosed
The Housing Foreclosure Crisis is Leaving Many Pets Homeless
Although some experts say the American economy is slowly showing signs of improvement, there are still many people out of work or otherwise facing financial hardship. And in many instances, family pets are suffering the consequences.
Since the economic meltdown began in early to mid 2008, animal shelters around the country have seen a surge in people having to give up their pets because they have to move. Sadly, there has been a corresponding drop in adoptions because people cannot afford to take on the financial responsibility of pet adoption.
Some shelters have been forced to turn abandoned or unwanted animals away because they simply lack the facilities or funding to care for them. This situation leads to more pet abandonment and euthanasia.
How to Help Overburdened Animal Shelters
If you can’t adopt or foster a shelter animal, there are still ways to help. Several reputable charities work to assist animal shelters in various ways to provide housing and medical care for so-called foreclosure pets. The following organizations utilize over 80% of their revenue for program activities:
- American Humane Association. This group is offering Foreclosure Pets Grants which go directly to shelters so they can help pet owners in need and provide housing and medical care for displaced animals, so the shelters never have to turn an animal away.
- PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ Program. The Rescue Waggin’ partners with local animal welfare agencies to help save the lives of homeless dogs and puppies. Since the program began in 2004, it has helped save more than 30,000 dogs.
- Petfinder.com Foundation. This organization “works with shelters, rescue organizations and animal welfare organizations across the country to ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a good home.”