Monday, February 11, 2008

Kappa Alpha Tau Report & Possible Understanding of Young Lovecraft's Cat

As a teenager, Lovcraft had a triple blow. His grandfather passed necessitating a rapid move from the house he so loved into an apratment. Simultaneously his cat was "lost". No one, not even Lovecraft, knew what ahppened to the cat. Perhaps it was scared and disoriented, perhap returned to the old, familair home, perhaps was struck by a car?

In the 21st century, a mass exodus from over-mortgaged homes is causing a repercussion all to familar to the one that affected Lovecraft. Perhaps we get a glimpse of what happened to poor Lovecraft's cat.

Foreclosures Lead to Abandoned Animals
By EVELYN NIEVES – Jan 29, 2008

Pets "are getting dumped all over," said Traci Jennings, president of the Humane Society ... In one such colony in Modesto, two obviously tame cats watched alone from a distance as a group of feral cats devoured a pile of dry food Jennings offered. "These are obviously abandoned cats," Jennings said. "They're not afraid of people, and they stay away from the feral cats because they're ostracized by them."

Despite months of warning before a foreclosure, many desperate homeowners run out the clock hoping to forestall an eviction. Then they panic, particularly if they are moving to a home where pets are not permitted.

The problem is exacerbated because most people grappling with foreclosure are returning to rental housing or moving in with relatives — two situations where it can be difficult or impossible to bring pets. "What we've always known is that when times are hard for people, they're hard for their pets," said Stephen Zawistowski, a vice president at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. ... happy endings elude a majority of foreclosure animals.

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