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The foreclosure of a house is never a happy occasion – it involves an individual or a family losing their home, most often facing a bleak financial situation with a sudden lack of housing. That bad situation is made all the worse when pets are involved.

When someone loses their house to a foreclosure, they are in a situation where they can no longer afford to live there or make payments. More often than not that also means that they cannot afford to properly care for animals. Animal shelters are seeing an increase in pets being surrendered because their owners are being foreclosed upon [1]. An even worse practice on the rise in America is "economic euthanasia," where a pet is put down by its owner simply for financial reasons [2].

Cases can be found around the country every year of starving animals being found in abandoned homes after their owners move out and leave them behind. The lucky ones are found and rescued. The others don't survive due to starvation or exposure.

In 2008, however, California passed a law which "makes abandoning a live animal on vacated or foreclosed property an 'involuntary deposit' and requires the property's owners (including banks, real estate companies, and other corporations) to notify animal control immediately [3.]" This state law allows animal control to quickly and efficiently retrieve abandoned pets from their homes and makes abandoned animals the responsibility of the individuals or groups that own the property.

Unfortunately, laws concerning the welfare of animals during or after a foreclosure differ from state to state and are severely lacking as a whole. With California as the example, we need the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Congress to enact a federal law protecting animals from abandonment at a foreclosure nationwide.

Sign the petition and be a voice for the animals that cannot speak for themselves. Don't let pets become victims of financial hardships and suffer abandonment! These pets deserve to be rescued!

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs:

Between 2007 and 2009, somewhere between five and six million homes were foreclosed upon in the United States. Many of those homeowners had pets, and far too many of them were forced to either surrender their pet(s) to an animal shelter or, in the worst cases, abandon them to survive or die on their own. The financial hardships of individuals should never result in a life or death struggle for an innocent, abandoned animal.

According to the Stanford Journal of Animal Law and Policy, a "National Council on Pet Population study of 12 animal shelters throughout the United States shows that moving is the most common reason for relinquishing dogs and the third most common reason for relinquishing cats." Shelters have cited that "moving" is often a euphemism for foreclosure, and cities with high foreclosure rates like Detroit and elsewhere have seen their animal shelters overrun with relinquished and rescued animals.

It is the unfortunate reality that animals are being left behind, abandoned, without food, water, or protection from the elements in foreclosed homes when their owners cannot take them with them or afford to continue properly caring for them. These animals can go days or weeks without being found, if found at all. California, however, found a solution to this problem.

In 2008, with the passage of Assembly Bill No. 2949, California made "abandoning a live animal on vacated or foreclosed property an 'involuntary deposit' and requires the property's owners (including banks, real estate companies, and other corporations) to notify animal control immediately." This law protects innocent pets from abandonment, starvation, and death. This same measure needs to be adopted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and passed as a federal law by Congress to provide the same protections to animals nationwide.

I implore you to follow California's example on a national level and save innocent pets from becoming victims of foreclosure and economic hardship. It was Mahatma Gandhi who said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." The United States of America is too great a nation to allow animals to be victims of economic and housing matters. Help these animals by passing a federal statute that mirrors California's state law.


Petition Signatures

Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Doreen Mapes
Jan 14, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Regina Powell
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 Susan Wilson
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Aly Macgregor
Jan 4, 2018 barbara gale
Dec 26, 2017 Richard Han
Dec 22, 2017 Jessie Bowen
Dec 21, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 19, 2017 Celeste Hill
Dec 19, 2017 Kaly Silva
Dec 19, 2017 Bri Kinney
Dec 19, 2017 Albert Meyer
Dec 19, 2017 Martial Ghislain
Dec 19, 2017 Sandra Meyer
Dec 19, 2017 Mary Jean Mitchell Ghandi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” We must listen.
Dec 19, 2017 K. Zi
Dec 19, 2017 Paula McCallister
Dec 19, 2017 Jodie Roberts
Dec 19, 2017 Deborah Scharf
Dec 19, 2017 Lisa Merchant
Dec 19, 2017 Susan Jatkowski
Dec 19, 2017 Patricia Bunal
Dec 19, 2017 Terrie Balmer Please, please don't abandon them. They didn't do anything to deserve such a fate. Please take them to a no kill shelter or Animal Rescue where they can have chance to be adopted into good, loving homes..
Dec 19, 2017 Marilyn Rhodes R
Dec 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2017 mary blanford
Dec 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2017 namita dalal
Dec 19, 2017 Clairone Delaney
Dec 19, 2017 Penny Dorfman Please do not abandon your pets. Please take them to a no-kill shelter if you cannot care for them!
Dec 19, 2017 Kathy Dillon If you ever loved them, take them with you!
Dec 19, 2017 naomi cohen
Dec 19, 2017 Shelly Baker
Dec 19, 2017 Lori Udenberg No animal should have to die a slow, painful death because they have been abandoned
Dec 19, 2017 Patrice Johnson
Dec 19, 2017 Cathy Stephens
Dec 19, 2017 Dona LaSchiava A law of morality should not be necessary, BUT IT IS!
Dec 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2017 Maria Cox
Dec 19, 2017 Lyn Lowry
Dec 19, 2017 Heather Davis
Dec 19, 2017 Dona Gartrell

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