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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 58,725
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 22, 2014 Wanda Perez
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Rebecca Dunbar
Jul 22, 2014 Rebecca Dunbar
Jul 22, 2014 Marco Simioni
Jul 22, 2014 Brittany Wheeler
Jul 21, 2014 Alina Chechik
Jul 21, 2014 Sandi Bachman You can judge a person by how he (or she) treats animals. If they are bad to animals, they are a bad person.
Jul 21, 2014 Evette Garcia
Jul 21, 2014 R. E. Kish "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated..." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948, and shot at point-blank-range by Nathuran Godse).
Jul 21, 2014 sharon porter
Jul 21, 2014 Sheri Smith
Jul 21, 2014 Andres Luengo
Jul 21, 2014 Judy McKinney
Jul 21, 2014 Sally Nussle I have 4 cats and 2 dogs that people just "dumped" in my neighborhood. They are all doing great now.
Jul 21, 2014 melissa nock
Jul 21, 2014 Nell Wackwitz
Jul 20, 2014 Huney Goh
Jul 20, 2014 Rolaine Bird
Jul 20, 2014 carole robert
Jul 19, 2014 michele king
Jul 19, 2014 Mary Anne Adams
Jul 19, 2014 Jan Sorensen
Jul 19, 2014 LuAnn Bearer
Jul 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2014 Danielle Labasin
Jul 18, 2014 (Name not displayed) I lost my home due to health issues and thought I would need to euthanize my dogs. More programs to those in need to help keep their pets. They are as much family as children.
Jul 18, 2014 briana sachsenmaier
Jul 18, 2014 Anita Clemmer
Jul 18, 2014 stephanie rayburn
Jul 18, 2014 Karen Crawford
Jul 18, 2014 якимчук женя
Jul 17, 2014 Elissa Wilson
Jul 17, 2014 Ana Castanheiro
Jul 16, 2014 Kayla Brooks
Jul 16, 2014 maureen levier
Jul 16, 2014 cat shaw
Jul 16, 2014 Eliza Duncan
Jul 16, 2014 tanja loeb
Jul 16, 2014 Daniela Borghetto
Jul 16, 2014 Janet May-Taylor
Jul 16, 2014 Elak Swindell
Jul 16, 2014 Nila Ostapowicz
Jul 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2014 Patrick Dwyer
Jul 16, 2014 Christopher Jones
Jul 16, 2014 asuncion mathey
Jul 16, 2014 Krasen Dimov
Jul 15, 2014 Heather Keating
Jul 15, 2014 Joanne Fanizzo

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