Lost Our Home Pet Rescue
LOH Pet Foundation Comes To Life In 2008
September 1, 2021
As the economy took a great nose dive in 2008, Lost Our Home Pet Foundation (LOH) sprung to life to help pets in need. LOH was founded as a grassroots response to the thousands of pets in need as a direct result of the economic downturn in general, and the Phoenix-area foreclosure crisis in particular.
Then And Now
The economic crisis took its toll on Arizona's homeowners and workers and saw serious, sometimes fatal consequences for thousands of dogs and cats often left abandoned, underfed and thirsty in foreclosed homes while others were relinquished to area shelters. Now our community is experiencing an Evictions Crisis.
LOH is the Valley's only organization dedicated to rescuing those pets abandoned or at risk of homelessness due to foreclosure, eviction or other financial hardship. The most obvious recipients of our assistance are the pets we rescue, re-home, and feed; however, the mission of LOH is linked directly to the human-animal bond. As a result, our target audience extends beyond the pets to include owners suffering financial hardship.
Over the past 12 years, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue has grown substantially to become an integral part of the community, and today it fills the gap that once existed for pets and pet parents in crisis. Lost Our Home delivers not only life-changing but also life-saving, programs that are breaking new ground in how pet rescue organizations today are interfacing with many of society's challenging needs.
Lost Our Home's Programs
Temporary Care Program: provides up to 90 days of complete care for pets when their pet parents experience a life hardship and are unable to care for them temporarily. This relieves pet parents of the overwhelming fear of losing their pet and, in turn, allows them to solely focus on regaining stability in their lives so they can be reunited with their pet.
Pet Food Bank Program (Animeals on Wheels): provides pet food and supplies to financially struggling individuals so they do not have to give their pets up simply because they cannot afford pet food during their time of need.
Pet Rescue Program for Abandoned and/or Owner-Surrendered Pets: provides medical care, shelter and food, all while trying to find forever loving homes.
Partnership with Sojourner Center in Phoenix: this is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the U.S. Together with Sojourner Center, Lost Our Home opened and now manages a Pet Companion Shelter on the Soujourner campus so that women escaping domestic violence can keep their pets with them while they heal.
Tails Of Triumph - The TCP Dog Crew
We fast forward to the now of LOH. It is heartwarming to share stories like this one from Melissa:
Melissa and her partner lost their jobs when Covid hit their community. As a result, she found herself and her dogs evicted with no place to go. That is when Melissa turned to Lost Our Home's Temporary Care Program for help. When her dogs (Lil Bit, Butterscotch, Lovebug, and Gizmo) first got to the shelter, they cowered in the corner, missing their family. After our staff spent quality time getting to know them, the doggie crew started to warm up.
While their pet parents looked for a new home, another tragedy hit the family. Melissa was driving and got hit by a car. Luckily, she and the baby were okay. After spending months working on finding a new home, Melissa was finally scheduled to get the keys. That is when she tested positive for Covid. Because she was ill with Covid, Melissa could not finish the in-person application process, and she lost the home.
During their family's series of unfortunate events, the doggie crew got the care they needed because of Lost Our Home. They learned to LOVE their caretakers and foster family, who gave them walks, enrichment, and a consistent routine.
We couldn't be happier to announce that they were reunited with their family a few weeks ago!! The precious dogs zoomed around with excitement when Melissa and her partner saw them for the first time in months. Lil Bit, Butterscotch, Lovebug, and Gizmo got their happily ever after despite everything their parents went through.
Lost Our Home knows pets are part of the family, so we try to keep families together in times of crisis. We depend on your support so if you are in a position to help us, please donate here: https://www.mightycause.com/organization/Lostourhomepetrescue