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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

Mar 20, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Mar 19, 2018 Kelly Shanks
Mar 19, 2018 Betty Camillo
Mar 19, 2018 Maria R. Gomez
Mar 18, 2018 Linda Gioia
Mar 18, 2018 Rothery Gensel
Mar 17, 2018 cath mellor
Mar 17, 2018 Connie Raper
Mar 17, 2018 Teresa Silha
Mar 17, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 Marian Petrovich
Mar 17, 2018 Sharon Mylott
Mar 17, 2018 Christine Brazzell
Mar 16, 2018 Gudrun Dreher
Mar 16, 2018 Alisha Allen
Mar 16, 2018 Sophie Miranda
Mar 15, 2018 Lynn Stillman
Mar 15, 2018 Lisa Hills
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 Lisa Kidd-Goodman
Mar 15, 2018 Aileen Glynn
Mar 15, 2018 Grace Malara-Aiello
Mar 15, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Karen Phylow
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 Lisa Hammermeister
Mar 15, 2018 Jenny See
Mar 15, 2018 Mercedes Montes
Mar 15, 2018 Brooke Prather
Mar 15, 2018 Louise Roscher
Mar 14, 2018 Tom Rarey
Mar 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 13, 2018 cynthia dahlen
Mar 13, 2018 Jimmy Rivera
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Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 Maritza Cabezas
Mar 10, 2018 Alicia Orr
Mar 10, 2018 M Lopez
Mar 10, 2018 Cynthia Staley It's unfortunate that families are losing their homes. How is it acceptable for the animals of those families to pay the price of misfortune?
Mar 10, 2018 Anne Wandler
Mar 10, 2018 Tina Pragel
Mar 10, 2018 melissa owens
Mar 9, 2018 geri perry
Mar 9, 2018 Ann Allen
Mar 9, 2018 corinne etancelin
Mar 9, 2018 Amie Harrison

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