Pets Are Underreported Victims of Foreclosure

Reblogger Debbie Walsh
Real Estate Agent with Shahar Management


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Original content by Brian Schulman RS134746A

Abandoned PetsPets 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!


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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi Deb, I read this, good for a reblog, good job! Breaks my heart, and so many people have to make this difficult decision.

Aug 30, 2009 11:19 AM #1
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Andrea-I am horrified to think that people move out or vacate and leave animals locked in vacant homes.  That is a disgrace.  That is animal abuse, neglect and who knows what else and people like that should be arrested.


Aug 30, 2009 01:13 PM #2
Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hello Debra,

I am also horrified that people move out of their homes and leave animals locked in vacant homes or leave them outside to fend for themselves.  All it takes is a little time to get help from a rescue group if they cannot take their pets with them.  It is a problem everywhere across our nation.  Thank you for reblogging this terrific post to educate people about pets who are also victims of the foreclosure crisis.  Thank you for caring.




Aug 30, 2009 02:53 PM #3
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Rita-Thanks for the post.  I actually just posted something on one of your animal posts that I just saw.  It is horrible that people just abandon animals to fend for themselves.  Luckily right now it is summer but what will happen this winter when people continue to do this to housepets?  It is so upsetting to think that someone can be that horrible.  Like you say all they have to do is let a shelter know and then the animal won't suffer a terrible death.  It is gut wrenching to see an abandoned animal.  I was at a friends the other night and I thought she had a new cat but it was a house cat that had been abandoned and "adopted" her.  It was a beautiful cat too.  But it was skin and bones and starving.  What a shame.



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