Many of you know that I come from an area in the country which statistically has more foreclosures than any other part. There are issues with banks and people trashing the homes and people vandalazing the homes for copper, but that is not the issue with this blog. This deals with the victims that are often not talked about, which is the household pet. Many people have just left their dogs or cats in the house or garage, tied up with little or no food or shelter. Sometimes it could be a month or so before a cleanup person or a realtor comes by the house to discern its value and discover the abandoned pet. Many times it is too late and there is tremendous property damage to the house as a result of the neglect.
The question that comes to my mind is how could someone do that to something that they loved and was a part of their family? At the very least take the animal to the humane society or ASPCA so that it can be adopted out to a family that will care for it. I understand that there is a lot of anger toward the bank when a house is foreclosed upon, but to leave a pet behind is just outright wrong. A pet trusts that their owners will care for them and feed them, not to leave them to be a problem for someone else. I just do not understand the reasoning. I do understand that sometimes that they cannot take the pet with them, but there are always other options.
The really sad part is that there are articles in the Associated Press that talk about Stockton and Modesto by name as areas where this is happening more and more frequently.