In the housing downturn, many home owners have not only had to leave their homes behind, but also their pets. In foreclosed properties, more pets are being found locked in basements, garages, or in backyards.

A new program, No Paws Left Behind, recently announced its 1,000th foreclosure animal rescue. The program rescues abandoned animals - everything from dogs and cats to llamas and pot-bellied pigs - and places them in no kill shelters until foster care can be arranged.

Sadly, the current housing crisis has severely affected countless home owners creating a trickle down negative effect on helpless animals, says Cheryl Lang, the founder of The No Paws Left Behind program and also CEO of Integrated Mortgage Solutions, a provider of REO property inspections. During routine housing inspections, we frequently discover animals left behind in deplorable conditions with no food and at times inadequate shelter.

Lang says they receive more than 20 calls a week across the nation regarding abandoned pets found in foreclosure properties.

Source: National Non-Profit Committed to Helping the Silent Victims of America's Foreclosure Crisis Hits Major Milestone, PRNewswire.com (Jan. 10, 2011)