Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The voiceless victims of Los Angeles foreclosures

Ed Boks, director of the City of Los Angeles Animal Services division, reports that what the animal shelters are experiencing is unprecedented.

Dogs and cats surrendered for landlord, moving, and foreclosure: up 21%.

Dogs and cats taken in by L.A. Animal Services in May 2008: up 22%.

Dogs and cats euthanized by L.A. Animal Services: up 31%.

Pets left in the cold (CNN video)


Blogger Laura in L.A. said...

This breaks my heart.

I rented half of a duplex in SF Valley for 13 years; I moved out in a panic in July '07 because my landlord was selling the house. (Stupid me--the house never sold and they re-rented my unit for twice what I was paying! Maybe I was set up--who knows.)

Anyway, couldn't find any place reasonable that would take my medium-sized indoor dog. But we're a package deal for 8 years now, and I will never, ever give her up. We'll live in the car, first! So we moved in with Mom and Dad! They're not pet people, but they're trying. I'm saving all my money and hoping to buy a little house with a yard for my dog and me when the market finally bottoms out.

I don't know how any pet owner could just dump their pets. May God have mercy on their souls.

Love your blog, and I've learned A LOT! Thank you.

10:01 PM, June 11, 2008  
Blogger bearmaster said...


There was a recent news story about a homeless woman in Santa Barbara living in her SUV with her Golden Retrievers. It is certainly not inconceivable (see the comments).

I don't think I could bear the heartache of having to give up a pet.

God bless your parents. Be patient and keep socking away your money.

10:13 PM, June 11, 2008  
Blogger bearmaster said...

Here's a May 15 CBS news writeup of the same story:

* May 15, 2008 2:15 pm US/Pacific

Number Of Pets Left At Shelters Up 22 Percent

LOS ANGELES The number of pets dropped off at city animal shelters increased 22 percent during the first four months of 2008, Animal Services officials announced Thursday.

Between January and April, owners dropped off 1,378 cats, up from 1,132 during the same period last year, and 2,977 dogs, an increase from 2,633 in 2007.

Animal Services attributes the increase to an increase in foreclosures.

"Pets are among the voiceless victims of the current economic downturn," General Manager of Animal Services Ed Boks said.

"I encourage families to prepare for their pets in the event of financial difficulties the same way they should prepare for a natural disaster. Take the time to plan what you will do if forced to surrender a pet. An animal shelter should only be a last resort."

(© 2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Number of Pets Left at Shelter up 22%

6:57 AM, June 12, 2008  

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