Here is a post from my friend Patty DaSilva about pets being abandoned in the Everglades due to rising foreclosure numbers. This is an extremely dangerous place for these domestic animals and there is a group of women out there everyday trying to save these pets. Please help if you can.
Today’s post is not entirely about real estate, but the underlying issue is definitely real estate related. Everyone who knows me on here and in the professional realm knows that I do short sales. Everyone who knows me a tiny bit more knows that I am an animal lover, and I try to do as much as I can (fostering, volunteering my time, etc) to help these poor animals that have nowhere else to go.
The other night I came across this story on our ABC affiliate, Local 10 WPLG (click here or on the picture below to read and watch this story). Abandoned animals have become a huge issue in South Florida lately, but now people are deliberately abandoning these poor animals into the Florida Everglades…which are full of alligators and snakes. Since all the shelters are filled to their brim and can’t take many more animals in, people are getting desperate. The group of women highlighted in the story have full time jobs, yet are taking the time out of their lives to go into the Everglades to rescue these poor abandoned dogs. This is heartbreaking. I try to do as much as I can to help distressed Sellers, but I need to do all I can to help these animals too.
The relation to Real Estate is this: the reason why the abandonment has gotten so out of hand is because 1 out of every 5 homes in Miami-Dade County is in foreclosure. People can’t afford their pets anymore, and they feel like their only option is to leave the poor animals in the Everglades to starve and die.
Last month, one of these ladies slept in her car with 4 dogs and nursed them all night because no vets were willing to take them in due to ticks. I am sure vets all over the country are getting hit hard with all these abandoned animals, and I don’t expect anyone to work for free, but if each vet took just 1 or 2 cases and shared the responsibility, we would have a win-win situation. I realize that not all of you will know vets who can help, but maybe we all can help pay for the vets. If a bunch of us gave just $1 to these women who are fostering these animals in order to help pay the vet’s fees, it would be a great help. Please contribute if you can, there is no amount too small: Chip-In link or click on the Chip-In Logo below:
In my case, I do work for free in hopes of getting a short sale approval and a closing, sometimes for over a year. There have been times where I have taken money out of my pocket just to close a transaction so that the Sellers can move on with their lives. I sincerely hope that whatever good I’ve done (not for any other reason other than wanting to help my Sellers) is paid forward, and some of you will please help these animals somehow. Thank you!
Help lots of people and have a great day!
Patty Da Silva, CDPE©, RESS®, AHWD®, e-PRO®, GREEN, CFS, TRC, RSPS
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