Foreclosure Guidelines

Dear Liz,   

 

My neighbor is about to lose her home to foreclosure and has two wonderful dogs that she can’t take with her. I can’t take them, but is there help there for her?

 

 Signed,

 

Foreclosed

 

Dear Foreclosed,

 

Despite reports of a better housing market, this issue continues to grow.  Here at Bandit’s Place, I get almost daily calls just like your letter from people who need to place their pets due to foreclosure.

My best advice is to plan ahead.  Once you know you’re in trouble financially, start making calls.

 

If your dog came from a breeder, call the breeder to see if they’ll take the dog back.  Sometimes they will or they’ll know someone looking for one.  This can often be your best resource.

 

 If your dog came from a shelter such as ours, call them.  Many shelters (like Bandit’s Place) will take a dog back no matter how long they’ve been away.

 

Call the breed rescue associated with your dog.  Every dog breed has a rescue attached to it so go to the computer and look up your dog’s breed and put the word “rescue” next to it (ie: Labrador Rescue)  Even if it’s a mixed breed, but has a lot of one breed in it (looks wise), a breed rescue may help out.

 

Check out www.Petfinder.com.  Under the main “Petfinder” heading is a strip of purple across the page.  The second heading in from the left says “shelters”.  Click on that and then look up “shelters by state”.  Put your state in the blank.  You’ll get a listing of shelters in that state.  Start calling the ones nearest to you and fan out from there.  Reserve a space.  If they don’t put you on a waiting list, call daily to see if a spot has opened up. 

 

Check with your veterinary hospital.  Post pictures and a bio of your pet at their office.  They usually have a bulletin board or something that keeps track of who needs to place what. 

 

Post pictures and bio’s of your pet at every grocery store, department store, pet shop, etc., to get the information out there.

Call friends and relatives to see if they can take the pets in.  Sometimes they can take them in temporarily until a spot somewhere is found, or until you’re back on your feet.

 

The absolute, most important thing I can tell you to do, though, is NOT TO WAIT.  I’ve had so many folks call me and say they need to place their pet NOW as they have until THIS WEEKEND to leave.  That, I have to say, is too late.  With the amount of people looking to place their pets due to these circumstances, there is just not enough room in shelters to accommodate everyone.

 

 

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One Response

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