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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: 60,497
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

May 4, 2015 Donna Lynn
May 4, 2015 Melissa Allen
May 4, 2015 Helen Torosian
May 4, 2015 daniele rispal
May 3, 2015 lorena cox
May 3, 2015 James McMullen
May 3, 2015 Tomasz Mroziński
May 3, 2015 Alice Sather
May 3, 2015 Anne Élise Grégoire
May 2, 2015 J. Brown Please help animals, please help animals stay with their families where they belong. Keep them alive and safe and happy.
May 2, 2015 rose rauch
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May 1, 2015 gabriela hirschler
May 1, 2015 simone grant
Apr 30, 2015 Susan Sperling
Apr 30, 2015 Karen Klein
Apr 30, 2015 Cindy Legler
Apr 30, 2015 Kim Verbeke
Apr 30, 2015 steve lea
Apr 30, 2015 Marci Umatum
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Apr 28, 2015 Susan Tate
Apr 28, 2015 claudia kohler
Apr 28, 2015 Taratorn Pettersson
Apr 27, 2015 Catherine Rossillol
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Apr 26, 2015 Kimberly Mclaughlin
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Apr 26, 2015 Norma A villalobos
Apr 25, 2015 Sonal Punja
Apr 25, 2015 Teresa Gallagher
Apr 25, 2015 Melissa Pate
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Apr 25, 2015 Debra LaBossiere
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Apr 24, 2015 Stephanie Kollar Give a loving animal a happy life
Apr 24, 2015 Olga Shumova
Apr 24, 2015 DeeAnne Antolik
Apr 24, 2015 Karen Gagnon
Apr 24, 2015 Pam Dinucci
Apr 24, 2015 Susan Casey
Apr 24, 2015 Sherry Compton
Apr 24, 2015 Sheryl Derby
Apr 24, 2015 John Lyons
Apr 24, 2015 Elodie Rodriguez
Apr 24, 2015 Teresa Kania
Apr 23, 2015 Kimberly allen
Apr 23, 2015 Sharon Redden

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