A Valley real estate agent donated a house to help an animal rescue group save more lives.
The Lost Our Home Pet Foundation is using the home in Phoenix to nurse cat and dogs back to health.
Some have been left behind by their owners in foreclosed homes without food or water. Others have been given up because of other financial problems.
"We just want to get them out of that circumstance as fast as we can and get them into a house," said Jodi Polanski, executive director of Lost Our Home. "That's why this halfway house is so important to us."
Before getting the halfway house, the rescue group would be forced to leave the animal at the vacant home and come back to bring it food and water.
A caretaker lives at the home and takes care of up to eight animals at a time hoping to find a foster home when the animal is healthy, Polanski said, adding the rescue group has seen 25 percent more pets this summer compared to last year.
The high unemployment rate and unstable economy are the two biggest factors, she said.
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