: Why Did You Leave Me Behind?

Why Did You Leave Me Behind?


The problem of abandoned pets in foreclosures is a problem nationwide.  Here in Ocean County, NJ two people were brought up on charges for abandoning their pets after foreclosure.  Unfortunately by the time it was discovered all the pets had died. 


I can think of little else that ANGERS me to the point of actually wanting to PHYSICALLY HURT someone more than finding an animal that has been abandoned by humans who once were its' caretaker.

I have been in real estate for over 20 years, and virtually all of that time been specializing in REO, bank foreclosures and distressed properties. I have been in THOUSANDS of abandoned properties, from the most modest mobile homes to the most lavish multi-million dollar mansions, and they all have one thing in common: people. REAL PEOPLE were once in them living real lives, with real children and real toys, sleeping in real beds, laughing at real supper tables, and real family pets running through the house and in the yard...

http://www.foreclosurepets.org/When we arrive on scene to MANY of these properties that folks have left, we are astounded to find what they have left behind. We can find everything from family photos to nice antique furniture. But the absolute worst is an abandoned pet! .  I wonder how anyone could ever leave a part of their family behind like that? One of the abandoned pets I found was a young dog. If we hadn't come a long, would he have died before someone took him home with them? He was tied to post with no shade, no water and no food.. It was in the summer and the temperatures were in the 90s... One of my buyer's agents took him home to love.. She named him "Mojo" .. He has made a great addition to her family


The above photo leads to a website where you can go to adopt pet that were abandoned, or post pets you have or have found that need a home.




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Comment balloon 13 commentsLaura Giannotta • April 15 2011 04:57PM


It's a sad fact that it happens Laura. It's heartbreaking to loose your home, no matter the circumstances, however, there in excuse for cruelty to animals. Use common sense and compassion.
Posted by Maria Couto, Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You' (RE/MAX Premier) about 8 years ago

There really is no excuse for abusing these animals.  If you can no longer care for or afford them there are places where they will have a chance at life!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) about 8 years ago

Maria-Foreclosure is tough, but as you say there's no excuse.

Kathy-You said it!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Oh, this makes me so sad.  How can people do that?

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

Laura, I know that when you go through something like this it is hard. But we can still do the right thing.

Posted by Arleen Montford, Selling NW Florida Homes in Pace/Milton/Pensacola FL (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY GULF COAST ) about 8 years ago

thanks for reblogging!! I really appreciate.. More people need to know about all the shelters and alternatives other than leaving a pet behind.

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) about 8 years ago

Great re-blog Laura because this is a horrible situation and having volunteered at my local shelter, I've seen this happen and it is truly tragic. People need to try their local animal shelter when looking for puppies or dog - they make the best pets and are truly grateful you rescued them - and yes, shelters do have puppies!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) about 8 years ago

Thanks for commenting all...the real credit for this blog goes to the Sheila Newton Team!

Remember, when thinking about a new pet...Make your first option, adoption!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Hi Laura, this stuff makes me want to cry......I wish I could do more to help. 

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 8 years ago

Hi Laura-thanks to you and Sheila for bringing this up-it is amazing that people like that even own pets in the first place-makes you wonder how they treat their children

Posted by Tim Peterson, Realtor Safety Training Classes (Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes) about 8 years ago

Ann-Me too!

Tim-Even more, it makes me wonder what they're teaching their children!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Thank you for what you are you are doing and your heart for these poor creatures.  I have 3 kitties and all 3 are rescue cats.

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) about 8 years ago

Bless you Joy!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago