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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: 60,140
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

Mar 5, 2015 Jordan Parmenter
Mar 5, 2015 Alice Long
Mar 5, 2015 Charlene Robson
Mar 4, 2015 Kim Lane
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Mar 4, 2015 Andrea Gregg
Mar 3, 2015 Amber Carter
Mar 3, 2015 Sharon Norway
Mar 3, 2015 Ruth McCoy
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Mar 3, 2015 Ann Singer
Mar 3, 2015 Rene Croteau
Mar 3, 2015 Linda Holland-Toll
Mar 2, 2015 sylvie Robin
Mar 2, 2015 Shannon Keiser
Mar 2, 2015 Jill Tarleton
Mar 2, 2015 Kirsten Nielsen
Mar 2, 2015 Elizabeth Munnie
Mar 2, 2015 Janet Lepanto
Mar 2, 2015 Lisa Delabre
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Mar 2, 2015 Rosemarie Signer
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Mar 2, 2015 Patricia Germain
Mar 2, 2015 JUSTYN ANDERSON Having been made to leave my cat when deposed from my house, I know this pain. No one would help. This should happen to no pets & not to the people who love them.
Mar 2, 2015 R Summers
Mar 2, 2015 Donna Chiordi
Mar 2, 2015 marika jamar
Mar 1, 2015 paris dodd
Mar 1, 2015 Els Bol
Mar 1, 2015 Labail Genevieve
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Feb 28, 2015 Ashley O'Brien
Feb 28, 2015 Barbara Garris
Feb 28, 2015 Carolyn Ortega
Feb 28, 2015 kim haling
Feb 28, 2015 Cheryl Valkoff
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Feb 27, 2015 johnnie thompson
Feb 27, 2015 kelly hamilton
Feb 27, 2015 Heather Donohue
Feb 27, 2015 MORTON Goldblum
Feb 27, 2015 Karen Bernardy
Feb 27, 2015 Geraldine Smith
Feb 27, 2015 Molly Lavigna
Feb 26, 2015 Catherine Tallman
Feb 26, 2015 Rochelle Phillips

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