Planning Helps Dog Owners Facing Foreclosure

The American Humane Association offers tips for pet owners impacted by the mortgage crisis.

Posted: May 25, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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With the economy slowly deteriorating, and the mortgage crisis taking its toll, the surge of home foreclosures has hit pet owners – and their pets – hard.

Many pet owners facing a foreclosure are forced to make difficult decisions in regards to the care of their pets as their housing situations change. In some of the worst cases across the U.S., pets are being left behind in vacant homes or abandoned outside. Animal shelters across the country are feeling the pinch of the housing crisis, as facilities are being flooded with animals whose owners can no longer keep them.

The American Humane Association offers the following tips for pet owners facing foreclosure:

  • Ask family, friends, or co-workers to care for your pet while you relocate to dog-friendly housing.
  • Ask your veterinarian or boarding facility for low-cost boarding or a payment plan while you relocate to dog-friendly housing.
  • Never leave your pet behind in a vacant home or set him loose. It is inhumane and may violate animal cruelty laws.

Dog owners facing an impending foreclosure should take time to plan what will happen to the dog, should they be forced to relocate to a home where pets aren’t allowed.

Researching boarding options or dog-friendly residences nearby could help make the decision easier if a foreclosure occurs.

For more tips for pet owners facing foreclosure, visit www.americanhumane.org

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Liza   Grand Bay-Westfield, NB

5/26/2008 5:25:00 PM

I think it's a good idea to get this message out. So many animals get left behind. I heard of a case on the news about someone who left kittens in their home when they left and they stayed alive by eating styrofoam and dry wall and drinking out of the toilet that had anti-freeze in it. Thankfully they were ok but what a tragic thing to happen.

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Danielle   Bartlesville, OK

5/26/2008 2:47:49 PM

awwww

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Danielle   Bartlesville, OK

5/26/2008 2:47:03 PM

awwwwwww

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Jennifer   Madras, OR

5/26/2008 10:36:43 AM

great article

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