Saturday, June 07, 2008

Animals Hurt In Home Foreclosures

Eyes Open
Originally uploaded by lisacat
This photo by a cat rescue volunteer reminds us that there are jewels waiting to be discovered at our local shelters.

The rise in home foreclosures across the country means that many more thousands of cats and dogs are ending up in shelters - and that's if they're lucky.

More foreclosures are slated to occur (1) in the next 18 months. Meanwhile, gas prices are rising and for most of us that means more money in the tank and less to spend on our human and animal families. It's kitten season, the cost of pet and human food is rising, and more animal groups are struggling to help all the pets they can.

You can help. If you can't adopt a cat or dog, then consider giving your local shelter some supplies. Paper towels and pet food (especially kitten and puppy food) is always welcome. Any donation, no matter how small, will be appreciated.

My thanks go out to the many Earthwise folks who support animal groups and their local shelters and who adopt their animals rather then buying. These people number in the thousands, and they do this work without ever asking to be noticed or thanked. At the risk of sounding like Stephen Colbert, you folks are the Heroes.


Related Articles:

Poor Economy Hitting Animal Rescue Groups

Baby Boom: Coping With Kitten Season

Kitten Season Facts

Those Lucky Black Cats

59th Street Bridge Kitten Rescue


The Pew Charitable Trust notes that:

One in 33 homeowners is projected to be in foreclosure primarily over the next two years, as a result of subprime loans made in 2005 and 2006, according to a new report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. In some states, the outlook is especially grim; for instance, nearly one in 11 homeowners in Nevada is projected to be in foreclosure and one in 18 Arizona homeowners may face the same circumstance over the next two years.

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