14 January 2011

National non-profit assists animals affected by foreclosure crisis

One of the most unfortunate consequences of the current economic climate is the overwhelming amount of families who have been forced to walk away from their homes, rocking the housing market and making ‘foreclosure’ an all too often used word in our media. A sad side effect of the recession has been the number of companion pets that are found abandoned, left to fend for themselves in locked buildings or backyards.

‘No Paws Left Behind’ was created to assist these animals (ranging to date from cats and dogs, to pot bellied pigs and llamas) by providing food and vaccinations and then placing them into nearby ‘no kill’ shelters where a new home will eventually be found for them.

The organization is the brainchild of Cheryl Lang, a nationally recognized businesswoman and head of Integrated Mortgage Solutions which, as a REO property inspector, is one of a number of companies that come face to face with the home alone pets.

“Sadly, the current housing crisis has severely affected countless homeowners creating a trickle down effect on helpless animals,” said Lang. “During routine housing inspections, we frequently find animals left behind in deplorable conditions with no food and at times inadequate shelter.”

Nationwide, the non-profit organization has now helped 1000 animals to safety, and as part of their Pet Awareness campaign, they have created a hardship pet deposit scheme which will allow foreclosure affected homeowners with the funds to pay a pet owner deposit on a rental home allowing the pet to stay with their family.

“We receive over 20 calls a week regarding an abandoned pet being left behind,” added Lang. “It’s just heartbreaking. Our goal is to be the voice of these silent victims and bring greater awareness and solutions to the growing phenomena of foreclosure pets.”

For more information on ‘No Paws Left Behind’ please visit www.nopawsleftbehind.org or their Facebook page here.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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