When losing your home to foreclosure is imminent, your dog and other family pets are also losing the home they have grown to know and love, too. Leaving the dog behind is not an option, but you will need to either find new housing that permits your pets, or relocate them to a new home and perhaps even a new owner. Setting your dog loose or abandoning him at your foreclosed home is irresponsible and in some cases even illegal (animal cruelty laws may apply). You are not doing him, or yourself any favors. Dogs are comforting creatures. The therapeutic benefits of companionship they offer are what you need in a difficult time. If you want to keep your dog in spite of losing your home, follow these tips.


Find your dog temporary care during the relocation process. While you know you want to keep your dog, you also do not want to try to move your belongings with a dog underfoot. Ask your family and friends if they can help by watching your dog while you move from your home to your new housing arrangement. If you have to board your pet during the relocation, ask about a payment plan or low-cost boarding.

Select dog-friendly housing. Apartments have specific rules regarding pets and even if the management permits dogs, you will need to make sure your dog meets the breed, weight, and temperament standards of the apartment, house or neighborhood policies. Ask about fees and other extra costs imposed on pet-owners, too.

Despite all efforts, there are occasions when keeping your dog is just not possible. If this situation is one that foreclosure has placed you in, then we have some tips for that, too.

Find your dog a new family. With the help of your network of family and friends – those you see every day and the people and network you are a part of online – there is a good chance that you already know your dog’s new family. Simply putting the word out there that your dog needs a new home can lead to connections and a possible new home for your dog. Be sure to include documentation about his shot history and any of his accessories. Having his familiar toys and dog bed will be a welcomed reminder of his former family and home, but it is also appealing to the new dog owner when the extra expenses like vaccinations and a crate are included. These items can make the dog even more adoptable.

Relocate your dog to a shelter or animal rescue facility. If this is the route you will take, make sure you are sending your dog to a place that gives him the best chance for adoption. Try to avoid an overcrowded facility that may euthanize your pet. Some shelters may house your pet temporarily or at a reduced cost for a short time (60 days, for example). This way you may be able to come reclaim your dog before he is available for adoption.