Foreclosures and Pets
Pets are also victims of the current foreclosure crisis as homeowners surrender them to shelters or abandon them to fend for themselves.
The American Humane website offers tips in downloadable PDF format for homeowners, mortgage lenders, and shelters that may be feeling the impact of the economic downturn and increased mortgage foreclosures. American Humane also is offering grants to shelters and animal welfare organizations to help care for and find solutions for animal victims of this national crisis.
The following is reprinted from The League Letter / Doris Day Animal League (Vol. 1, Issue 2 - Spring 2008).
My friend recently lost her house to foreclosure, and she can't afford her dog's food and veterinary bills. Where can she go for help?
- Let your friend know she may be able to work out a payment plan with her veterinarian. She can also ask her veterinarian to submit an assistance request to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Helping Pets Fund, if the veterinarian is an AAHA member.
- Check with your local shelter for subsidized veterinary clinics or assistance programs in your area. Let the staff know that The HSUS offers grants to animal shelters, rescue and adoption groups, and animal care and control agencies for services or programs that help families care for their pets during the current economic crisis. For details, visit humanesociety.org/foreclosurepets.
- If the dog is purebred, contact the national club for that breed — some clubs have veterinary assistance funds.
- Hold a fundraiser, such as a rummage sale or bake sale, or ask family and friends for donations.
- Check with organizations such as United Animal Nations (uan.org) and In Memory of Magic (imom.org) for financial assistance with veterinary bills.
- Once your friend gets her current situation under control, encourage her to set up a pet savings account so she can regularly set aside money for veterinary emergencies.