Over 60% of American households have at least one pet, be it dogs, cats, or any variety of furry or feathered residents. With the number of foreclosures in the recent past, you may not have considered the millions of pets faced with vacating their homes, or worse, facing abandonment because their owners are unable to find temporary shelter, as they themselves are forced to relocate under stressful conditions.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a similar situation, you'll be pleased to learn that a non-profit organization called No Paws Left Behind is educating the public and helping to provide solutions for "foreclosure pets." Their mission is to assist owners with loan workout options, but they also provide resources for finding local no kill shelters, foster care programs, and other alternative housing for their pets.
When you visit their website at nopawsleftbehind.org, you can enter your ZIP code to locate shelters and other options for your pets. They have been working over five years now with borrowers and lenders on loss mitigation and default management, and even provide monetary assistance for deposits if you relocate and have to pay extra to keep Fido or Fluffy in your new digs.
As homeowners, lenders, and the government all move toward resolving the current crisis, we should not forget those victims who cannot speak or act for themselves.