20 Feb The Unseen Victims of Foreclosure
As more and more homes are foreclosed and families are forced from their homes, municipalities have been required to deal with the resulting problems. Several large cities have filed suit against the lenders alleging that they fail to care for the now-empty properties. Now towns of all sizes are finding a epidemic of another kind. Those leaving their homes many times are not able to take everything with them.
It seems that the second thing to go after the house is the family pet. Many towns are now being overrun with abandoned dogs and cats left to fend for themselves. Dog pounds and cat shelters are filled with ex-family members. Sometimes these pets are simply lost after being moved to a new and unfamiliar neighborhood. One town nearby to me has two well-known colonies of feral cats and another has packs of dogs wandering the streets.
If someone you know is in financial distress or being foreclosed and unable to care for their pets, consider offering to take it in while the family gets settled into new surroundings. There are also local Humane Societies and Shelters that could help with an orderly transition for the animal. Many municipalities and states have laws and ordinances regarding the care of pets. Since those towns have not been afraid to enforce maintenance requirements against banks, they will eventually begin criminal prosecution of families who have already suffered enough.