Saturday, February 21, 2009

In the news: The economy and pets

The ASPCA estimates that 500,000 to 1 million pets may lose their homes in the current economic down swing. Whether your assets are strong or weak, everyone should think about the "what ifs" of a bad economy and prepare for the worst (but hope for the best). Hopefully, you'll never have to implement your financial disaster plan, but if you do, your advance preparation will help you keep your pet.

The ASPCA has several recommendations:
  • Find a friend, relative or neighbor to temporarily foster your pet until you are in a better financial position.
  • If you lose your home and must move, obtain written permission from your new landlord stating that your particular pet is welcome before you sign a lease.
In addition, contact animal shelters, rescues, breed rescues and animal welfare organizations about programs to help you keep your pet or even to provide a temporary foster home.

If you have no other option than to give up your pet, research local shelters and rescues to find the organization that can best care for your particular pet. When you leave your pet, provide his medical records, behavioral information, a favorite blanket or toy and any other information that will help him find a new home.

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