What Was Lost Our Home Pet Rescue’s Inspiration?
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue helps displaced pets in Arizona. (LOH) was founded in 2008. It was a grassroots response to the housing crisis that left thousands of people displaced and thousands of pets abandoned. Lost Our Home Founder and Executive Director, Jodi Polanski, worked as a local mortgage banker during that time. Unfortunately, she witnessed these devastating results firsthand.
As a result of the crisis, pets were abandoned in foreclosed homes, often without food or water. Others were forced into shelters-their owners having no other choice. During the crisis, Maricopa County was hard hit. The county had the second highest foreclosure rates and the second highest shelter-euthanasia rates. No existing service was designed to address the needs of both people and pets.
Therefore, Jodi was quick to recognize this urgent need and launched Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. There was a small network of volunteers who were focused on helping the pets that had been abandoned during the housing crisis. Help and hope were on the way!
Soon it was discovered that the need was even greater than originally thought. Therefore, LOH responded by quickly expanding the program to offer additional programs for pets and pet parents facing other crises, too.
How Does Lost Our Home Pet Rescue Help Homeless Dogs?
Lost Our Home Dog Rescue (LOH) focuses on displaced pets as a result of an owner life crisis resulting in pets being abandoned, surrendered, or left as a stray. As a result, they help homeless dogs through a variety of programs and initiatives. They take in homeless dogs that have been surrendered by their owners, abandoned, and strays from the streets. Also, they are also partnered with local police departments to be a resource for dogs taken out of situations of incarceration, death, and other scenarios of urgent need.
During the past eleven years, LOH has grown substantially to become an integral part of the community. Today it fills the gap that once existed for pets and pet parents in crisis. The rescue delivers not only life-changing, but also live-saving programs. They are breaking new ground in how pet rescue organizations today are interfacing with many of society’s challenging needs.
In addition, to helping currently homeless dogs, LOH’s programs strive to help dogs avoid homelessness. They do this through a pet food bank, temporary care program for dog owners facing temporary hardship, and low income boarding. In addition, there is a Pet Companion Shelter inside the Sojourner Center in Phoenix. It is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the country. Women escaping domestic violence can keep their pets with them while they heal.
What Are The Goals of Lost Our Home Pet Rescue in 2020?
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue is in the midst of a capital campaign and full shelter renovation. As a result, they will vastly improve the physical, emotional, and behavioral well being of their pets. The goal is to raise the remaining $400,000 needed to complete the capital campaign for the shelter renovation. Hopefully, the shelter will be completed in November, 2019. Finally, more pets will be rescued. They will assist more pet parents in need through programs and services.
How Can the Public Help?
Please make a donation to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. They could use your help.
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