Moving is secondary! What’s important is how many dogs amidst a foreclosure move, end up in shelters.

Families lose homes and often have to relocate to smaller housing, and sometimes apartments. Often, these HOA’S do not accept larger dogs or dogs of mixed breeds. The number of mixed breeds such as German shepherd mixes, Rottweiler mixes and other large dog mixed breeds are not accepted purely because of the supposed aggressiveness of the breed, thus families are often forced to make a choice. A choice they do not want to necessarily make ,but are forced to.

Doesn’t it sound reasonable to help out friends or neighbors in this situation? Possibly even strangers ! After all, we all love dogs and offering temporary, transitional homes to our furry- friends is not as difficult as we may make it out to be.

But what if these families or friends never come back to pick up their dogs?In the worst case scenario, you’ll end up loving their dogs as much as your own. I’ll admit that taking in another families’ dogs has its challenges-more fur on your favorite rug,for one.It also requires patience and understanding and caring for everyone around us, including dogs in transition.

Be a good neighbor or friend! Take in their dogs if they are relocating and having a hard time and roll out the canine red carpet by helping out all these dogs that could end up in shelters ,if not for your hospitality. Spread out the word and let’s open our homes to these dogs whether it’s for a few weeks or a few months ,until families in transition can get back on their feet and bring their dogs home. And by the way, large breed mixes are not necessarily aggressive.

Claudia Bensimoun

Freelance writer

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