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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 60,950
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.

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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


Sep 4, 2015 Victor Nahmias
Sep 4, 2015 Maria Walker
Sep 4, 2015 Alper Arslan
Sep 4, 2015 heather haines
Sep 3, 2015 Andrea Young
Sep 3, 2015 kami froehling Love ALL them fur babies
Sep 3, 2015 Jo Ann Beatty
Sep 2, 2015 frances lightfine
Sep 2, 2015 Beth Gothrick
Sep 2, 2015 Susan Martin
Sep 2, 2015 Denise Ketarkus
Sep 2, 2015 tracy Snow
Sep 2, 2015 sylvie béclard
Sep 1, 2015 Mary Harris
Sep 1, 2015 Shawna Ramazzotti
Sep 1, 2015 Neville Bruce
Aug 31, 2015 Cheryl Stephens
Aug 31, 2015 Rose Thompson
Aug 31, 2015 ARZU ERDOGAN
Aug 31, 2015 Melissa Hawn
Aug 30, 2015 Linda McClelland
Aug 30, 2015 Roxanne Asel
Aug 30, 2015 Katie Finnell
Aug 30, 2015 Cynthia Haynes
Aug 30, 2015 Jeweliette Valmont
Aug 29, 2015 Susan (Suni) Roberts-Ibarra
Aug 29, 2015 Donna Banks
Aug 29, 2015 Chris Leverich
Aug 28, 2015 Dianne Foldvik
Aug 28, 2015 John Petteford
Aug 28, 2015 CLEIDE MAFRA NUNES
Aug 28, 2015 lizzie lemoine
Aug 28, 2015 sandi nelson
Aug 28, 2015 Angela Watson
Aug 28, 2015 maureen mcdonald
Aug 28, 2015 Norma Bigbee
Aug 28, 2015 Richard Becker
Aug 28, 2015 Thierry Chartier
Aug 28, 2015 Aurélie Amari
Aug 28, 2015 Bernadette Crespin
Aug 27, 2015 Jillyanne Downs
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Aug 26, 2015 Tina Sabourin
Aug 26, 2015 kristi ellenberger
Aug 25, 2015 Karen Sprague
Aug 25, 2015 Linda Grimes
Aug 25, 2015 Leisa Baumann
Aug 25, 2015 Laura Dani
Aug 24, 2015 YLa Hoang
Aug 24, 2015 Celina Silva

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