Cats, cats and more cats - it’s a typical summer for animal rescue groups in the Phoenix metro area. Some of the reasons for this are related to abandoned cats found in foreclosed houses and the lack of education to available spay and neuter programs in our community.

Since September 2010, I have been involved with Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, a purely volunteer-based nonprofit animal rescue group located in the Valley.

Our mission is to be a resource for real estate professionals and others when they encounter a pet in need; rescue, re-home and advocate for pets that have been left behind due to foreclosure or eviction; provide options for families to keep their pets if hard economic times are making it difficult to keep or care for their pets; and promote spay and neuter programs in the community.

For cats rescued, they will stay with a foster until adopted or at the Lost Our Home Kitties on Elliot adoption center at the Tempe PetsMart just across Interstate 10 from Ahwatukee Foothills on Elliot Road, as our organization does not have an animal shelter or offices.

All of our volunteers either work out of their homes as a foster, at the adoption center, adoption events, or sometimes even cars to rescue an abandoned cat.

Based on the high number of cats and kittens in need of homes right now, it is critical to our organization to increase cat and kitten adoptions.

For the month of June, Lost Our Home Pet Foundation is promoting “a new meow on life” adoption campaign at the area PetsMart cat center, 1315 W. Elliot Road.

All of our cats and kittens are socialized with other cats, spayed/neutered, tested negative for FELV/FIV, vaccinated and microchipped. We do this to ensure they are healthy and ready to be adopted.

We really want our adoptable cats and kittens to find good homes so for the month of June we have reduced our adoption rates to $40 for cats and $55 for kittens (up to the age of 6 months).

For more information about this campaign, to complete an adoption survey, or if you would like to volunteer or donate to this organization, please contact our adoption coordinator, Florine Anchordoguy, at (480) 897-1865 or (480) 540-9322, or email at

You can also go to our website at to learn more about this organization, complete a volunteer application, or see a few of our furry friends in need of a new home.

• Lisa Dwyer is a volunteer with the Lost Our Home Pet Foundation.

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