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Planning for your pets during the foreclosure crisis

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:
http://www.eastbayspca.org/resources/foreclosuresandpets.cfm

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

Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2008
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