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Planning for your pets during the foreclosure crisis

By Gary Bogue
Monday, February 11th, 2008 at 6:59 am in Foreclosure crisis, Pets.

The East Bay SPCA in Oakland has developed a “Foreclosure and Your Pets” resource guide aimed at helping families who own animals and are facing foreclosure.

According to a Jan. 22 report by DataQuick Information Systems, “the number of mortgage default notices filed against California homeowners jumped last quarter to its highest levels in fifteen years.” Alameda and Contra Costa Counties experienced some of the state’s highest one-year increases in default notices with 119.4% and 151.8% increases respectively.

Recent media reports from throughout the country detail heartbreaking stories about pets that have been abandoned in backyards of foreclosed properties.

This is an extremely painful and difficult time for many people, and the East Bay SPCA wants to help people and their pets by providing a list of many resources that can be of help, including tips on how to secure pet-friendly housing, and a list of area animal shelters.

Leaving a pet behind to fend for him or herself should never be an option. People need to know that there are many places to turn for help.

At a time of year when the number of animals surrendered to Oakland shelters typically decrease, they are experiencing steady inquiries from the public wishing to bring their pets in. I suspect there are similar increases at other humane societies, SPCAs and Animal Services departments around the Bay Area and beyond, for the same reasons.

The East Bay SPCA is concerned that the problem will worsen, as more and more homeowners face increased monthly payments due to adjustable rate mortgages.

A “Foreclosure and Your Pets” resource guide is available at:

Pet owners may also call 510-569-0702 to request a copy by mail. /Gary

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  1. foreclosurefish Says:

    Although the animals are usually far better prepared to fend for themselves than the people who leave them behind, it is quite sad that so many household pets are being left behind.

    Most homeowners have a lot more options to save their homes than they are aware of, and just leaving the house and locking the dog in the backyard is not good under any circumstances. Might as well just let it roam the streets or alleys to scavenge for food and shelter, rather of being locked in a fenced-in yard to die.

    But it would be far better just to gather up the courage to call the lender and try to work out a solution.

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