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Forclosure casualties: Pets seek homes for the holidays

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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 5:35 pm | Updated: 4:25 pm, Mon Mar 11, 2013.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, but for hundreds of pets discovered abandoned in homes due to foreclosure throughout the Valley, there would be no place like a permanent home.

Members of the Lost Our Home Pet Foundation have recovered numerous cats and dogs from such homes, including many in the East Valley during the last four years, and are fostering many of them are hoping many of those pets will get adopted in time for Christmas or at least the new year.

The nonprofit organization, which has hosted two pet adoption events at the Petco on the southwest corner of Bell Road and Tatum Boulevard in northeast Phoenix the last two weeks, is hosting two more — from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 and again on Saturday, Dec. 29.

Petco’s address at the location is 4727 E. Bell Road.

Lost Our Home is the only pet organization in the Valley dedicated to rescuing animals due to foreclosures, eviction or other financial hardships and have to give up their pets.

The foundation, a no-kill pet rescue group of about 35 active volunteers, saves pets abandoned in foreclosed homes and finds transitional homes for them until the owner can move into a pet-friendly place.

The mission of the Lost Our Home Pet Foundation is to be a resource for real estate professionals and other members of the community who discover an abandoned pet, and to provide options for pet owners faced with difficult economic circumstances while promoting the spaying and neutering of pets.

Lost Our Home has about 200 cats and dogs available for adoption.

Cats are $60 and dogs are $225. Prospective adoptees are required to complete an application and undergo a review before being considered to adopt a pet.

The cost for dogs includes spay or neutering, vaccination and a microchip, but no testing.

Lost Our Home volunteers have seen less pet abandonment but more owner turn ins, meaning that people losing their current homes anticipate getting their pets back but allow the foundation to foster them until they are able to get them back, according to Jodi POlanski, executive director for Lost Our Home Pet Foundation.

"It has not slowed down," Polanski said of homeowners giving up their pets. "If someone at our adoption events can't find a pet they prefer, they also can see a lot of our pets available on our website."

Since 2008, Lost Our Home rescued more than 2,000 cats and dogs and fed about 8,500 more while allowing the pets to remain with their families. The group, which has received various grants in the last four years, also has shouldered about $200,000 in medical costs for their financial aid, spay and neuter program.

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