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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 61,488
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


Feb 9, 2016 Mip Clark
Feb 9, 2016 Mary Somers
Feb 8, 2016 Robyn Harding
Feb 8, 2016 Barbara Greenwood
Feb 8, 2016 Erin Johnson
Feb 8, 2016 diane rockafellow
Feb 8, 2016 Beate Grobecker
Feb 7, 2016 Dorothea Keuper-Reis
Feb 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2016 Debra Nourse
Feb 7, 2016 Annie Neville
Feb 5, 2016 Karen Ven Roy
Feb 4, 2016 Maria Vitória Magri
Feb 4, 2016 Donna hernandez
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 Linda L.-Schaeffer
Feb 3, 2016 Suzanne Ursula Lebon
Feb 3, 2016 Debbie Chewning
Feb 3, 2016 Maryann Almeida
Feb 3, 2016 Dianne M.Kurtz
Feb 3, 2016 Nancy Herrmann
Feb 2, 2016 Bryan Martin
Feb 1, 2016 Andrew Weprin
Feb 1, 2016 Anna Dougall
Feb 1, 2016 Karen Sievers
Jan 31, 2016 Denise Getzinger
Jan 31, 2016 cathleen gorden
Jan 30, 2016 Doreen Forbes
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 Wanda Vazquez
Jan 29, 2016 kathryn sieminski
Jan 29, 2016 Linda Honadel It's a shame that so many families are being thrown from their homes, but then to be forced to give up a loving pet. This is totally unacceptable on both accounts.
Jan 29, 2016 Alice LaVanway
Jan 28, 2016 Ginette Collerette
Jan 27, 2016 Michael Jarrett
Jan 27, 2016 Kayla Rienzi I hope we can help
Jan 27, 2016 Virginia Ilardi
Jan 26, 2016 zaida guerrero
Jan 26, 2016 ivonne leon
Jan 26, 2016 John Costanzo
Jan 26, 2016 Adelina Jaudal
Jan 26, 2016 Jennifer Perret
Jan 26, 2016 Gunnar Lien
Jan 25, 2016 Cecile Lemay
Jan 25, 2016 Carole Giacomazzo
Jan 25, 2016 Parimal Santiago
Jan 24, 2016 Barbara Manenty
Jan 24, 2016 Brooke Ackert
Jan 24, 2016 Sherri Williams
Jan 24, 2016 robin bead

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