Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Pets Are Underreported Victims of Foreclosure

Pets Are Underreported Victims of Foreclosure

Abandoned PetsPets seem to be an underreported side effect of foreclosures of the ongoing recession.

Most foreclosed families don't have any choice but to rent.  And many landlords won't accept pets.

I have seen unfortunate pets abandoned or left behind during tenant rental evictions for years.  I have discovered abandoned pets locked in a vacated apartment without food or water! 

Now, with the addition of mounting foreclosures, the phenominon has become even more widespread.

Humane shelters are overrun with surplus pets, and many people are reluctant to take unwanted animals there because the pets may be euthanized if not adopted within a relatively short period of time.

Organizations like ORCA (Organization for the Respect and Care for Animals) do not euthanize - but they are chronically short of money to care for the animals they treat, and often are only able to accept distressed animals.

What can be done to alleviate the situation?

Donate money, food or time to your local animal shelter.

Make a donation to ORCA so that they can continue their mission of mercy.

Find a willing home for a pet you can't keep. 

PLEASE, PLEASE, NEVER abandon a pet either inside or outside!  They are living creatures who have a right to food, water and shelter!

 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsBrian Schulman • August 14 2009 07:37PM

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THANK YOU FOR THIS POST BRIAN!  People can also look into Breed Specific Rescue for re-homing their pets.  I, for one, am a volunteer of IGCA (Italian Greyhound Club of America) and there are many many breed specific rescues with homes that are willing to bring a pet in and socialize it and help find THE PERFECT MATCH for pet and human!

Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) about 9 years ago

Renee, thanks for you excellent suggestion!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 9 years ago

Brian, this is just heartbreaking.  In my specific area there are not many foreclosures, so I never thought about this issue before.  Thank you for shedding the light.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) about 9 years ago

Mary, Lancaster County PA has not been hit as hard as some other areas of the country.  Still, there are many foreclosures, and people in distress situations who do not consider the welfare of their pets as they leave.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 9 years ago

Brian this is so sad.  Although the owners could seek assistance I suppose they are so overwhelmed with issues such as where to find food and shelter.  Unfortunately the animals is way down on the list.  Hopefully awareness will lead to a better outcome.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 9 years ago

Jennifer, pets don't have a voice, so we must speak up for them.  It's unfortunate that some owners make bad choices when it comes to leaving their pets behind.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 9 years ago

Hello Brian,

Thank you for your post and spreading the word about pets "also" being victims of the foreclosure crisis.  It's so sad....animals are being found in vacant homes everywhere across the country.  Most are found dead or dying when they are finally discovered. The suffering that these animals go through is heartbreaking.  I just can't understand how people can leave their pets behind like trash and have no concern for their welfare.  Thank you for speaking up.

Rita

 

Posted by Rita Minion (O'Brien Realty) almost 9 years ago

Rita, I can't understand either, how people could be co cruel as to leave an animal locked up to die in a vacant house.  It's only a little less cruel to abandon them outdoors to fend for themselves.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 9 years ago

Many pet shelters also need cloth materials for the animals, so I always take my unwanted bath towels, hand towels, and wash rags to the animal shelters.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) almost 9 years ago

Russell, thanks for a valuable suggestion!  I'll check with my own humane shelter to see whether they need bedding materials.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the post Brian.  This is so important.  I have reblogged it too.

 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 9 years ago

Debra, thanks for supporting this important message, and thanks for the reblog!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 9 years ago

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Hi Brian:

I can't believe you and I haven't crossed paths before...

I'm a huge advocate and this is an important message.

You may want to join our group Active Rain Animal Rescue and post this there.

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brian, it's so true. Not only are pets abandoned in homes but also put out into the wild where they are either starve or fall prey to wild animals. Some animals can make it in the wild which is not a good thing when they happen to be exotics such as certain snakes or fish species that will prey on domestic wildlife or even worse, become a danger to people.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 9 years ago

Toula, I will check out the group Active Rain Animal Rescue, and post there.

Sylvia, I recently read a story where an 18-foot Burmese python had killed a little girl.  This was not the only case of these huge exotic pythons escaping or being let go in the wild because they had become unmanageable.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 9 years ago

Brian, thank you for this heartfelt blog post.  Many forget about how pets are victimized but the foreclosure crisis, too and it is up to all of us to do our part to keep them safe.

Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest) almost 9 years ago

Debra, thanks for your comments.  The forecclosure environment has far-reaching effects which aren't always obvious.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 9 years ago

Brian,  I've seen the explosion of unwanted pets too.  I try to support shelters that do not euthanize.  some of the most pitiful are the pets who are older. they find themselves alone, scared and totally disillusioned.  Dogs and cats have feelings.  They are not lives to be considered disposable.

My latest dog was dumped by his owner after 7 years.  He is a little on the excitable side but that is the worst thing about him. He is lovable, devoted and scared to death when I get out of his sight. 

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin almost 9 years ago

Bonnie, older pets make some of the best companions.  Not everyone wants the endless energy and mischief of the cute puppies and kittens.

You're absolutely right - dogs and cats have emotions and feelings just like we do.  They're not disposable, even though some inconsiderate humans treat them as though they were.  They can't speak for themselves, so we must speak for them.  Thanks for your contribution to this post.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 9 years ago

It is a terrible problem and I hope this message gets out to a lot of people and they will try to find homes for their pets... or at least a safe place for them until the pets can find a new home.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 9 years ago

Joan, I agree with your sentiments.  I hope that some people in distress situations will change their minds about abandoning pets, and at least try to find a satisfactory alternate home for them.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 9 years ago

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