Hey Family, Don't Leave Me Behind!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bayou Properties

Could you do this? The picture was taken at a property that had been recently foreclosed on. The family moved on, but left the three dogs behind to fend for themselves. To make matters worse, they left them locked in this small pen. The buckets above collected rain water, but we are in a major drought. All three dogs seemed malnourished and in a state of shock.

 The purpose of this blog is not to shake a finger at the family. We are treading water through the toughest economic times since the Great Depression. Families are doing what they have to do just to survive. Foreclosure impacts all members of the family, including the furry four legged kind. Here are some tips to help your pet through the foreclosure process.

1) Ask for help-- Folks who cannot pay their house note probably don't have 75 bucks a month for dog food. The local Humane Society or other animal rescue organizations can point you in the right direction. Don't let your foolish pride keep your pet from eating!

2) Consider a temporary adoption-- Seek out a friend or family member to keep your pets until the financial storm passes.

3) Permanent Adoption-- After a foreclosure your primary goal is to find a new place to live. Due to the foreclosure hit, your credit rating will suffer. This will greatly limit the number of places to rent. Sadly, most will not accept large animals. Sometimes the best thing we can do for our pets is to see they find a new home.

4) Never Leave The Animal At the House-- There may be a weeks (if not months) gap from eviction until the next person steps foot on the property. Locking the animals in a pen might just sentence them to a slow, painful death from starvation. Animal cruelty charges can even result from such actions.

The dog is man's best friend. Treat him as such!!


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Lori Bowers
La Quinta, CA
The Lori Bowers Group

Very sad. Thanks for sharing this. We had thishappen too and it wasnot our listing and was over 100 degrees outside. We had no choice but to call animal control.

Nov 01, 2010 04:10 AM #1
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
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What a desperate situation for man and animal... unfortunately, it is happening in neighborhoods across America.  Good options for those who can no longer care for their animals.

Nov 01, 2010 04:12 AM #2
Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Doug, I have not personally saw this kinds of situation myself during showing, but heard enough about it.  It makes me ill in the stomach.  I can't see how someone can be that cruel.  Bad economy has affected all levels, including the pets that they once loved so much.

Nov 01, 2010 04:15 AM #3
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

I called the BPO company and the soon-to-be listing agent. The Sheriff's department was going to take care of it. All three dogs seemed sweet, but I think one of them is too far gone.

Nov 01, 2010 04:23 AM #4
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Doug this upsets me and disappoints me that humans have no thought of other living creatures.  I understand there are bad situations out there but I am sure that a family lived here and I can just hear the words....what about the dogs Mom or Dad in my head.  Surely kids had to question why their pets were being left behind.   I am glad the law enforcement could step in I would have also called animal control.

Nov 01, 2010 04:32 AM #5
Brian Bean
The Dream Big Team at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Champions - Riverside, CA
Homeowner Advocate, Dream Big Team, S.Calif

Leaving an animal behind is one thing. Leaving them behind chained in a pen, with no way to fend for themselves, is criminal and they should be prosecuted.

Nov 01, 2010 04:37 AM #6
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

This just breaks your heart!!!  Thank you so much for bringing this to the forefront.

Nov 01, 2010 11:47 AM #8
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