Pet Surrender

1 06 2011

Pet Surrender



The number one behavior problem where people relinquish their pets is for inadequate house training.  The number one reason people relinquish their pets overall is moving and foreclosure is taking its tole on the family pet.


With the number of real-estate foreclosures up in 2008 so are the number of pet relinquishments.  Areas affected by high foreclosure rates including such areas such as Nevada, California, Florida, etc are seeing a crisis in pet relinquishments.  Apparently finding a new home for their pet is not a priority for people dealing with foreclosure.


In some situations, owners have just up and left.  Neighbors will sometimes call complaining that the pets are still in the home.  The stress of foreclosure will impact people’s relationships with each other as well as with their pets.  A majority of these relinquishments are with cats and will come from lower to mid-income areas.


Top 10 States in Foreclosure Numbers


  1. Nevada
  2. California
  3. Florida
  4. Arizona
  5. Colorado
  6. Michigan
  7. Ohio
  8. Georgia
  9. Indiana
  10. Tennessee










Schultz, Krista. and Dan Verdon Editors.  DVM Newsmagazine.  April 2008. P. 28.






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