Abandoned foreclosure animals continue to increase in number in major areas of the U.S. According to property inspectors and real property agents, unhealthy animals and flea-ridden pets can be found in deserted houses all around the country.
As revealed in the April 2010 property market statistics, almost 150,000 home foreclosure filings were made in the U.S. The numbers are expected to result in more pets abandoned in foreclosed residences and in the streets. Animal shelters are also expected to get overrun by homeless animals and are not expected to be able to accommodate all of them.
Foreclosure reports also revealed that California became the state with the highest number of foreclosures for the fourth successive month. These reports also highlighted houses with swimming pools, particularly in the Sacramento area, as places where mosquitoes are thriving. These mosquitoes, according to public health representatives, can be carriers of the dreaded West Nile virus.
Real estate agents and local authorities have stated that some home owners get frustrated over losing their homes that they deliberately ruin the place before leaving them vacant, with their pets right inside it with no food and water for days.
These abandoned foreclosure animals can sometimes get lucky as some real property agents, local police or passers by find them before they die of hunger and take them to animal shelters or adopt them. However, a much bigger number end up on the streets and eventually die from diseases or from hunger.
Pets, according to real estate market observers, have become casualties of home foreclosures. Most owners feel that they have no choice but to leave them behind when they get evicted, while others just do not bother finding alternative shelters for their domestic animals as they prioritize the people in the household over everything else.
Public health officials have warned that the trend of leaving animals in foreclosed properties will create health problems that are expected to escalate further as the number of abandoned homes continue to rise.
Local authorities around the U.S. are encouraging home owners to avoid contributing to the growing number of abandoned foreclosure animals by calling animal shelters if they need to leave their homes or to get their pets spayed or neutered to prevent animal overpopulation.