The Other Victims in the Foreclosure Crisis: PETS!

More real estate professionals report finding pets left behind in abandoned homes from home owners who had been evicted from their properties due to foreclosure. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals had estimated in 2009 — the most recent statistic — that up to a million animals would be left behind in foreclosed homes, shelters, or outdoors from the foreclosure mess.

The animals often are left behind without food or water, suffering a slow death of starvation and dehydration — unless they happen to be found in time by a real estate professional surveying the property. 

Some real estate professionals are reaching out to help the forgotten pets. For example, Cheryl Lang, president of Integrated Mortgage Solutions in Houston, formed a nonprofit group, No Paws Left Behind, a network of those in the real estate industry. Her group has rescued at least 1,000 animals nationwide since it started in 2008. 

Source: “Foreclosure Pets Often Left Starving in Abandoned Homes,” Asbury Park Press (Oct. 26, 2011)

 Anyone in the western El Dorado County, Placerville, CA. regions may contact organizations like the Grace Foundation of El Dorado County for assistance. They also accept monetary donations and volunteer assistance…here’s there website: http://www.thegracefoundationofnorcal.org/