Abandoned Foreclosure Pet
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What is an abandoned foreclosure pet, and what should be done about it?
Economic hardship can happen to anyone at any time. It can be a result of divorce, a major health problem, job loss, economic collapse in any industry, or any of a hundred other reasons.
I was taught as a kid, when you get knocked down, get back up again. The problem is that pets can’t do that. When we get knocked down, they have no ability to fend for themselves. And in many cases, dogs and cats are abandoned by their owners, either at a shelter, or by being illegally set loose, or being illegally left behind in the home when the owners move out. Those dogs and cats are referred to as “abandoned foreclosure pets.” It is an illegal and inhumane practice.
So, what can be done about an abandoned foreclosure pet?
The very first thing is to take the dog or cat to a veterinarian to determine if the dog is microchipped. The dog might not be abandoned, and the owners might be looking for the dog. On the other hand, if the owner illegally abandoned the pet, then it should be reported to the police. A terrible crime has been committed. There is NO excuse for abandoning a dog illegally.
Second, the abandoned foreclosure pet needs medical care. Oftentimes, they are dehydrated, starving, and are infested with parasites.
Third, the dog should be placed with a reputable non profit, privately run rescue organization. Not animal control. The pet has a better chance of surviving and getting a new home if it isn’t dropped off at animal control.
Lastly, we need to ensure that adequate laws are in place to deal with these situations. For example, we need to promote the no kill model of animal rescue. An abandoned foreclosure pet doesn’t deserve to die just because no one cared. We should not be enabling the criminals to kill these pets. And we need to lobby for laws so as to discourage, and punish, people who create the next abandoned foreclosure pet.
Sam Basso is a professional dog trainer and behaviorist, in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale metropolitan area. He’s known for being fun, kind, intelligent, and humane. Sam Basso has a unique personal touch. He has appeared on his own TV show, been a guest radio expert, gives seminars, publishes a dog related blog, does rescue volunteering, and is active in promoting animal welfare and fair dog laws.