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Charities help foreclosure victims with pets

As people lose their homes, many of them are no longer able to keep their pets
By SUE MANNING Published: July 25, 2012
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Carla Waller believes in promises. She was married for 37 years, held one job for 35 and never adopted a pet she didn't keep for life. Until now.

Waller and her husband Dennis moved to Las Vegas in 2006 and put $100,000 down on a $330,000 home. They adopted Jake, a 3-year-old, lean, shy Cocker spaniel. They both sold furniture on commission and thought they were set.

Dennis was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2008 and died in 2009. Carla stayed home to care for him, but returned to work to make ends meet. She adopted Marilyn Monroe, a schnauzer-collie, to keep Jake company. A friend added Jewels the cat to the mix.

The recession stripped her home of its value. Then health problems left her unable to work.

Foreclosure is just around the corner, said Waller, 67. “I know I'm a couple of months out. I can't do it anymore. I don't have the income,” she said. “I'm done. There is nothing I can do now.”

The hardest call she had to make was to Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. to arrange for homes for Jake, Marilyn and Jewels so she can move in with relatives.

“I am very depressed about it and very concerned about where they go because I took them for life and life is not what it should be,” she said.

Waller's story is all too familiar to Everett Croxson, who founded Las Vegas-based FUPI (rhymes with puppy) in 2008.

Croxson, 59, a retired business consultant, was guided by hometown headlines.

Nevada had the worst foreclosure rate nationally for 62 months until March.

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