FORECLOSURE: The Forgotten Victims Left Behind

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Golden Retriever Sydney, a victim of foreclosure

I believe there is nothing more important than “family”. And, to me, families are not complete without their beloved animal companions. And, because animals continue to depend on us for their wellbeing throughout their lives, they conceptually are viewed in the same way as children are. Can you imagine the pain of having to give up a child? Honestly, I cannot. It is simply unfathomable.

The nationwide foreclosure crisis, due to financial problems caused by the many subprime mortgage lenders, has forced millions to move out of their homes. But, truly, the forgotten victims are the beloved dogs and cats left behind.

Rescue experts want pet owners to give their local shelters a call before they give up their pets. They say there’s a much better chance that way of finding a new home for abandoned animals.

Any shelters can offer referrals so pets can end up with a new family, just like Sydney did. That avoids the need for abandonment altogether. Shelters say while dogs and cats are abandoned in equal numbers, it’s much harder to find new homes for felines.

So for families in crisis, animal experts urge you to find a friend, a neighbor or a shelter as a last resort, but never leave your pet behind.

Be sure to click on 2-year-old Golden Sydney, one of the furry loves recently at the Sacramento SPCA, to see a video of his status and this plight.

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RealtyTrac reports that from October 2008, home foreclosures have increased 21 percent from September 2007; one in every 475 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in September 2008.There are no words to the video below, only Paul Simon’s moving “American Tune” song playing.

And I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
I don’t have a friend who feels at ease
I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
or driven to its knees
but it’s all right, it’s all right
for we lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the
road we’re traveling on
I wonder what’s gone wrong
I can’t help it, I wonder what’s gone wrong

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