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8/2: We've reached our goal but our pets still need your help! Please continue to sign if you haven't already!
Goal: 65,000 Progress: 60,813
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Tough economic times are also devastating for companion animals. As more and more families across the U.S. lose their homes to foreclosure, a new animal rescue issue is arising: an influx of animals to our nation's shelters as families can no longer afford to keep them, or as pets are not welcome in their families' new accommodations. The need is great. More than 800,000 American families lost their homes in the last year alone due to foreclosure.

You can help. Sign the pledge below and tell a friend.

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With tough economic times, new heroes are needed to help at-risk animals. Awareness and action can make a world of difference to an animal who suddenly ends up at a shelter. Pledge to help pet victims of foreclosure, and to help see our nation's shelters and families through this economic hardship.

I can help by:

• Contacting my local shelter to find out what they need for in-kind* donations. (It's even more helpful to do this for smaller, more rural shelters with especially tight budgets!)

• Volunteering my time to my local shelter.

• Making a monetary donation to my local shelter(s) as I'm able to - any amount helps!

*Examples of needed in-kind donation include: bath towels, fleece blankets, tennis balls, extra large KONG® toys, cat toys, grain-free dog or cat treats, dog collars and leashes, martingale dog collars, easy-walk harnesses, cat collars (quick-release), dog crates and kennel cabs, grooming tools, cat litter, scratching posts, gently used plastic cat carriers, large dog crates. Contact your local shelter for their needs!

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If you are facing home foreclosure and you have pets, here are some tips to help you relocate with your pets or find other safe placement for them:

• Never leave pets behind when you vacate your home; they will not survive if abandoned in the home or set loose. Any extra effort you make now on behalf of your pet helps the rest of your family, too: the comfort and companionship of pets can provide therapeutic benefits to family members by easing the strain of moving to a new residence.

• Ask family, friends and co-workers if they will care for your pets while you relocate. As stressful as this temporary relocation may be, it is most times less harmful than the stress of surrendering a family pet to a shelter.

• Your local vet may be able to help! Ask your veterinarian if you can receive low-cost boarding for your pets, or set up a payment plan for boarding costs, while you relocate your family.

• If you cannot find temporary placement for your pets, visit www.petfinder.com to search for animal shelters in your area where you can safely surrender ownership of your pets. Be sure to understand the shelter's euthanasia policies and how they may affect your pets before surrendering them.

Petition Signatures

Jul 29, 2015 jeri lovell
Jul 29, 2015 Elisabeth Wouters
Jul 28, 2015 Walter Schultz
Jul 28, 2015 Jan Gloyd
Jul 28, 2015 cynthia wedlund
Jul 28, 2015 Morriann Anlauf
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2015 Paula Eaton
Jul 25, 2015 john crouch
Jul 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) I will do all that i can to help all animals in shelters.
Jul 24, 2015 Christine Reeder
Jul 24, 2015 Verma Cagno
Jul 24, 2015 Toni King
Jul 24, 2015 Jodi Thomas
Jul 24, 2015 Donna Williams I'm trying
Jul 24, 2015 sara roman
Jul 24, 2015 Courtney Bean
Jul 23, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 23, 2015 claudette blais
Jul 23, 2015 Michael Miracle
Jul 23, 2015 Thomas Hoden
Jul 23, 2015 nicole cesari
Jul 23, 2015 Marlene Sauer
Jul 22, 2015 Martha Wilcox
Jul 20, 2015 Christine Martishius
Jul 20, 2015 Elona Ertner
Jul 19, 2015 Cheryl Gibson
Jul 19, 2015 Heli Juarez
Jul 19, 2015 Kathleen Dutko
Jul 18, 2015 Judith Beattie
Jul 18, 2015 Diane Kokowski
Jul 17, 2015 Christine Anderson
Jul 17, 2015 Carolyn Bridges
Jul 17, 2015 Paulinha Russell
Jul 17, 2015 Rachel Doherty
Jul 17, 2015 Florence Ticknor
Jul 17, 2015 Teresa Lechuga No one should be left behind! Family is family!
Jul 17, 2015 Julie Conner
Jul 17, 2015 Darren Woolsey
Jul 16, 2015 Maria Teresa LLonch
Jul 15, 2015 Virginia Spivak
Jul 14, 2015 James Nation
Jul 13, 2015 Beverly Terhune
Jul 13, 2015 Jessica Card
Jul 13, 2015 Regina Luh
Jul 13, 2015 Karla Faulkner
Jul 13, 2015 Margaret V
Jul 13, 2015 jette joendrup
Jul 13, 2015 Evan Jane Kriss
Jul 13, 2015 Joan Youell

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