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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: 58,782
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 28, 2014 Joanna Challacombe
Jul 28, 2014 Carole Morrad
Jul 28, 2014 Carole GABURRO
Jul 28, 2014 Melissa Kauffman
Jul 27, 2014 AKIKO SAKAGUCHI
Jul 27, 2014 Gina Budziak
Jul 27, 2014 Athina Oettinger
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Jocelyne FAROUAULT
Jul 27, 2014 Janna Neperud
Jul 27, 2014 Emily Moreno
Jul 27, 2014 Lavenna White EVERYONE NEEDS TO WORK WITH FAMILIES. SO THEY CAN KEEP THEIR LUVING FURKIDS..WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE NO PET IN ALOT OF HOMES??? WE LOST OUR HOME IT WAS HELL..BUT I KNOW IT WOULD OF BEEN WORSE IF I COULDNT KEEP MY FURKID....
Jul 27, 2014 Elisabeth Björklund
Jul 26, 2014 geri gottlieb
Jul 26, 2014 Robin Nowak
Jul 26, 2014 Kim Simone
Jul 26, 2014 Jennifer Waldo
Jul 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2014 Daniela Barozzi
Jul 26, 2014 mieke wilms
Jul 25, 2014 Sam Balak
Jul 25, 2014 catherine jobling
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Carmen Calleja
Jul 25, 2014 Elizabeth Lincoln
Jul 25, 2014 Pat Tierney
Jul 25, 2014 Carl Macrae pets are family, how can you throw them away.
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Andrea Pack
Jul 25, 2014 Cindy Lynch
Jul 25, 2014 elizabeth arteaga
Jul 25, 2014 Linnea Due Change rental rules and allow people who have lost their homes to pay a small deposit and keep their pets. This is one of the lesser-known tragedies of foreclosures.
Jul 25, 2014 Leann Parkinson
Jul 25, 2014 Vanesa Deja
Jul 25, 2014 sandra zielke
Jul 25, 2014 Tammy Metz
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Theresa Witte
Jul 25, 2014 Laura Iacono
Jul 25, 2014 tamara quartin
Jul 25, 2014 Sheila Miller
Jul 25, 2014 Brenda Schnable
Jul 24, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Jul 24, 2014 Melissa Manczuk
Jul 24, 2014 carissa manzo
Jul 24, 2014 tracy james
Jul 24, 2014 JM STEINHOFF
Jul 24, 2014 louise birkett
Jul 24, 2014 April Lerche
Jul 24, 2014 Karen Wood

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