Thursday, April 10, 2008

Home Foreclosures Affect Pets

With home foreclosures on the rise, pets are often the silent victims of the state of our downtrodden economy. Many people who cannot afford to keep their homes are forced to move to lower-cost apartments that do not allow pets. These pets are then given up or, worse, abandoned. There are shelters and animal rescues in the nation that have created foreclosure programs, much like safekeeping programs, that allow owners to leave their pets temporarily while they can make arrangements to find a new home that allows pets. Unfortunately most shelters and animal rescues do not have the space or foster homes to sustain such a program indefinitely. It's best to find a friend or family member who can help in such a situation, but it is never humane to just leave your pets behind or release them outside to fend for themselves. Pets are domesticated animals that do not have the skill or know-how to fend for themselves and survive on their own. Pets don't know the state of the economy and cannot understand why one day their beloved guardian is showering them with love and feeding them daily and the next they are without the affection and protection they need.

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