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Check on Pets in Foreclosed Homes

If you have a neighbor with pets who is moving or traveling, keep your eyes and ears open. While I find this hard to believe, some families intentionally abandon their animals, and when it comes to foreclosed homes, banks don’t always inspect all of the properties. “Often people will leave a pet behind without food or water,” says Anna Nirva, founder of Sunbear Squad. “On too many occasions, some families think that arrangements were made for care, but miscommunication can cause days or even weeks of starvation and dehydration.”

“There is a group of volunteer realtors in Arizona who check foreclosed-upon homes to look for abandoned animals,” says Nirva. “I wish there were more of these groups.”

If you live in a neighborhood with many foreclosed properties, check on those homes. Call out near windows and doors. Do you hear cats or dogs call back? If you do hear an animal inside, call your local no-kill shelter. By doing this you may save a life.

Sunbear Squad’s name comes from the dog who was abandoned in a home. The Sunbear Squad website inspires those who want to help animals in need.

7 comments to Check on Pets in Foreclosed Homes

  • Thanks for This Good Article! Cheap Homes

  • SEO

    Great Article. I’ll be back for your next piece

  • Thanks for this site. Extremely interesting entry.

  • super important info, just shared!

  • My book, “Maggie’s Second Chance: A Gentle Dog’s Rescue,” was inspired by a lab who was abandoned in my neighborhood when the jerks were evicted. I rescued her and was going to foster, but flunked Fostering 101. The book won a Moonbeam gold medal for most humane picture book of the year.

  • MP Clark

    Evictions also produce abandoned pets who will be left in units to die or will be thrown out the door instead of being brought to a shelter.

    Many species will not be heard if abandoned in properties. Reptiles may not even be visible. Aquariums are another problem.

    Entering a property without permission is trespassing. Rescuers must enter properties at their own risk.

    Banks do not inspect their foreclosures and these properties may not get a visit for long time after the bank forecloses. Property managers may never hear about anything left in a property after the bank takes it back or while it is in court going through the process. Properties can sit in court for months to years. Clean out crews for management companies have no instructions and no time to transport pets to shelters. They will dump the pet or let it die on the street.

    This is real issue for Ohio, which was hit hard by the market meltdown and the increasing economic distress we have had since 2010 and the current state administration began. As a property manager/licensed agent and someone active in rescue in the Cincinnati area, I think this is a topic which might be of interest regarding legislation which allows rescuers and banks to work together in some way to get abandoned animals off of properties.

    Larger pets which are still classified as “livestock” under state codes may also be on properties. Large animals can starve to death or not be able to find water. They may be locked in stalls and unable to get out. They may be left in pasture with no grass and no water. For example, “pet” horses can be sent to auctions, bought by kill buyers and from there, be hauled to slaughter in Canada or Mexico.

    Rural properties may not be as visible as suburban and urban properties and pets/livestock will not be visible at all. These large animals rarely make noise. Until Congress passes The SAFE Act, any pet equine can be sent to slaughter.

    Any living creature left on property is at risk of abandonment. We must find a way for rescuers to enter properties without the fear of a complaint of trespassing. Without some legal protections for the rescuers, complaints can be filed against rescuers.

    Creative ideas are needed for this ongoing problem. Funding for the enforcement of any legislation is another hurdle.

  • I agree,there should be more volunteer realtors who check foreclosed homes to look for abandoned animals,and call your local no-kill shelter.
    Thanks for this great article,I will pass the word.

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