Unfortunately, the US housing crisis continues. Everyday people are being forced out of their homes due to financial difficulty and many of them are faced with the unthinkable — the reality that they must give up their beloved pets. In the worst situations, people are abandoning pets along with their homes. Some animals have been left to survive on their own for days and even weeks. There is an organization based here in Arizona that is doing something about this crisis. Lost Our Home Pet Foundation is a non-profit organization started by a group of animal-loving real estate professionals who rescue pets that are left behind due to foreclosures or other financial hardships.
Founded last summer, Lost Our Home has created several programs to help pet owners facing foreclosure. Lost Our Home offers financial aid to help pet owners keep their pets, they also have a pet food bank and a foster program to temporarily house pets, as well as an adoption program for owners who must permanently give up their pets. They even have a rescue aid program for foreclosure-related pet emergencies.
Please visit the Lost Our Home website for more information about this organization and consider making a donation to support the important work they are doing. Even if you don’t live in Arizona, I believe that Lost Our Home can serve as a model for programs in other cities looking to do something similar.