Opportunities to help foreclosure pets in Orange County, New York are aplenty. Some events are even full of fun activities to let people feel that volunteering to help pets is enjoyable and exciting.
Among the loads of pet rescue and care activities advertised in the Newburgh, Middletown and Poughkeepsie metro area are a fur ball for the benefit of the Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a lasagna dinner that benefits the Humane Society of Port Jervis-Deerpark, a pet supplies and food drive for the Goshen Humane Society and a penny social for the benefit of Pets Alive.
According to Suzyn Barron, head of the Warwick Valley Humane Society; Audrey Lodato, manager of Mid-Hudson Animal Aid; Lil Demskie, head of Newburgh SCATS; and Manon Fortier, vice president of Sullivan County SPCA, all pet shelters in the Mid-Hudson region are seeing sharp increases in number of dogs and cats abandoned at real estate foreclosed homes.
Rescues and shelters in Saugerties, Beacon, Monticello, Rock Hill and Warwick are being overwhelmed by the number of foreclosure pets they have to care for because of the distressed economy.
A rising number of animals wearing nice harnesses or collars but without IDs are also seen on the street, according to JoAnne Newman, animal control officer of the city of Middletown.
To help them cope with rising costs, overloaded spaces and overwhelmed volunteers and personnel, animal rescues and shelters in the area have been doing various creative ways to entice residents to help.
The Town of Newburgh Animal Shelter has been promoting its adoption special for cats, offering a second cat for free for an approved adoption application.
The animal shelter Pets Alive and the Orange County Veterinary Hospital have also teamed up and launched Pet Chow Pantry to help financially struggling families feed their pets. Qualified families can pick up pet food once a month.
Other shelters with pet food assistance programs are the Middletown Society and the Saugerties Animal Shelter.
Pet owners are also being advised to try their best to bring their pets to wherever they move after foreclosure. According to Mid-Hudson shelter administrator Lodato, certain apartment landlords accept pets as long as the owners show they are responsible pet owners.
On the other hand, if shelters are the only option, pet owners need to ensure a smooth transition for their pets so the animals do not experience the hardships many abandoned foreclosure pets have gone through.