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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 62,049
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 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

Sep 25, 2016 vicky hoagland
Sep 25, 2016 lia onda
Sep 25, 2016 Amy Russell
Sep 24, 2016 Peggy Anders
Sep 23, 2016 christine mueller
Sep 23, 2016 Haluk Sunol
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 Richard Svensson
Sep 23, 2016 Laura Valentine
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Sep 20, 2016 Lisa Conner
Sep 20, 2016 Frances Bathory
Sep 20, 2016 Florence Wilson
Sep 20, 2016 JANICK SANSON
Sep 19, 2016 Sandra Lubrano
Sep 17, 2016 Vicki Hambrick
Sep 17, 2016 Amy Hunt
Sep 16, 2016 Dona Anderson
Sep 16, 2016 Madelyn McCaul I support my local shelter and will ask about in-kind donations as well.
Sep 16, 2016 r vanstrien
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Sep 15, 2016 Ellen Mc Connell
Sep 14, 2016 Barbara McNulty
Sep 14, 2016 Jennifer Friend
Sep 14, 2016 Barbara Smuts
Sep 13, 2016 Joanna Ziajew
Sep 13, 2016 Leann Long
Sep 13, 2016 Mary Hageman
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Sep 12, 2016 Tina Jordan
Sep 12, 2016 Arline Lohli
Sep 12, 2016 Veronica Bilotti
Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 Anne Defays
Sep 12, 2016 Yana Evteeva
Sep 12, 2016 Carol Gerratana
Sep 12, 2016 Lisa Kay
Sep 11, 2016 Tadzio Kowalczyk
Sep 10, 2016 Roxana Moya
Sep 9, 2016 Agnieszka Wojciechowska
Sep 9, 2016 Raven Vergara
Sep 9, 2016 Christine Young
Sep 8, 2016 s makins
Sep 8, 2016 Katherine Morris
Sep 8, 2016 Denise Cronin
Sep 8, 2016 cheri wiener
Sep 8, 2016 maria simonette
Sep 7, 2016 Judy Meinhold
Sep 7, 2016 Jennifer Shifflett
Sep 7, 2016 mike lyons

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