Pets seem to be an underreported side effect of foreclosures of the ongoing recession.
Most foreclosed families don't have any choice but to rent. And many landlords won't accept pets.
I have seen unfortunate pets abandoned or left behind during tenant rental evictions for years. I have discovered abandoned pets locked in a vacated apartment without food or water!
Now, with the addition of mounting foreclosures, the phenominon has become even more widespread.
Humane shelters are overrun with surplus pets, and many people are reluctant to take unwanted animals there because the pets may be euthanized if not adopted within a relatively short period of time.
Organizations like ORCA (Organization for the Respect and Care for Animals) do not euthanize - but they are chronically short of money to care for the animals they treat, and often are only able to accept distressed animals.
What can be done to alleviate the situation?
Donate money, food or time to your local animal shelter.
Make a donation to ORCA so that they can continue their mission of mercy.
Find a willing home for a pet you can't keep.
PLEASE, PLEASE, NEVER abandon a pet either inside or outside! They are living creatures who have a right to food, water and shelter!