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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: 59,857
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

Jan 27, 2015 Brittany Rausch
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Jan 27, 2015 Tamara Bragg
Jan 26, 2015 Ariadne Johnson
Jan 26, 2015 Linda Bachmanek We can also help by taking in the displaced pet, temporarily, if possible. They are family members, after all.
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Jan 25, 2015 Barbara Gladfelter
Jan 25, 2015 Janina Grage
Jan 25, 2015 Deborah Martin
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Jan 21, 2015 Andrea Muir
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Jan 21, 2015 Lynn Miller
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Jan 20, 2015 Wendy Sfakianos
Jan 20, 2015 Jennifer Triebwasser
Jan 20, 2015 Angie Dobbs
Jan 20, 2015 Sharon Saunders
Jan 20, 2015 Patricia Fuentes
Jan 20, 2015 Andrea Russell
Jan 20, 2015 Caroline Harris All animals must receive help and protection
Jan 20, 2015 Daisy Bagnoli
Jan 20, 2015 Heather Charley
Jan 20, 2015 Sharon Gillespie
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Jan 20, 2015 Veronica Bone
Jan 19, 2015 Yvonne Chrsitison
Jan 18, 2015 Cathy Strum
Jan 18, 2015 Magali Frederic
Jan 17, 2015 Carolyn Pietz Please help these overlooked victims of big banking. Bad enough to lose your home but to lose your pets,too, should just not happen

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