Phoenicians were use to hearing pleas from humane societies to spay/neuter their pets and to adopt overpopulated dogs and cats. But many Phoenicians were shocked when, as the recession escalated in 2007, the media started covering horrifying stories of real estate agents finding pets starving or dying in abandoned, foreclosed houses. In 2008, the grassroots response was formation of a non-profit—Lost Our Home—to help both pets and owners. This year, Lost Our Home will become the latest member of an effort started by the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (NPCC) -- to encourage pet adoptions in Phoenix.
Today NPCC, founded in 1963, is one of the fastest growing chambers in Phoenix, and does an outstanding job, not only of supporting small businesses, but also for supporting its member charities. Three years ago NPCC members recognized the need to help homeless pets. A committee created an Annual Pet Adoption event to increase awareness throughout the community. This year the event will be at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, on November 16 from 9 AM to 2 PM.
“I am personally looking forward to bringing the community together for a wonderful event that will result in the adoption of many homeless pets,” says Jason Bressler, the NPCC Executive Director. “We would like to cordially invite other individuals, businesses, and community leaders to become actively involved and create a greater impact together in promoting our community. “
“We are a no-kill, non-profit organization,” says Lost Our Home Pet Foundation Founder/Executive Director Jodi Polanski. “We are dependent on people in the community to adopt our pets, provide foster homes, transport animals, and volunteer for our weekly adoption events.”
In addition to adoptions, Lost Our Home has other programs like the Pet Friendly Rental Program, Pet Food Bank, and Spay/Neuter Voucher Program.
Ironically, Lost Our Home almost became victim homelessness itself. But it will now have a new home in October in Tempe, near Broadway and Hardy. This means there is even a greater need for volunteers and donors to help with materials and labor to rehabilitate the facility. People, who want to help, should contact Jodi@lostourhome.org
Pets, whether they are canaries or wolfhounds, play an important role in the lives of business and community members. The support NPCC is providing to Lost Our Home is an example of a partnership, which will strengthen the social and emotional well-being of all Phoenicians.