September 20, 2009
There are not any figures to estimate the number of animals being abandoned across America due to the hard economic times, but animal shelters and rescues are finding themselves inundated with new arrivals every day. But those pets are the lucky ones. Times are tight, and the family pet is usually the first to go with the struggle to keep up with the bills. Local authorities are finding an increase of animals being found abandoned in foreclosed homes.
But abandonment is never the answer. In fact, there is a chance that state animal cruelty laws can apply. Many animals who abandoned in homes simply do not survive. It can be weeks or months before a bank or a mortgage company comes into to survey the home. Animals cannot survive that long without food and water.
It’s a tough place for families to find themselves. But, there are answers. Find housing that will accept animals, check with local veterinarians to ask for low-cost boarding, check with neighbors, family and friends to see if anyone is willing to foster your animal for you. You can contact local rescues to see if they can help you find a place for your pet. There are many rescues willing to help you rehome your pet. As a last resort take your animal to the local shelter. But abandoning your family pet is never an option.
Below are some contacts to help you relocate you animal: