Abandoned pets get new hope with ‘Lost our Home’ initiative


Tempe police and courts
employees have partnered with
Tempe schools and the Tempe
non-profit animal shelter Lost Our
Home to generate nearly 10,000
pounds of food for abandoned or
vulnerable animals.
Lost Our Home founder and
executive director Jodi Polanski said
the program was launched after it
was learned that police officers who
respond to an abandoned, vacant or
foreclosed property often encounter an
abandoned animal.
“It can be extremely difficult
for officers to locate a shelter that is
willing to provide medical care and a
home for abused, injured animals until
a permanent home with an adoptive
family can be found,” Polanski said.
Finding an appropriate agency
with resources to provide immediate
shelter and veterinary care for an
injured animal has also been timeconsuming
and, since shelter resources
are limited, an often disappointing
The Lost Our Home shelter
recently opened in south Tempe at
2323 S. Hardy Drive and has filled
that partnership gap. In addition to
being a compassionate resource, the
availability of the staff and shelter
services frees police officers to return
to handling calls for service more
During the recent food drive,
Tempe City Court staff challenged
Police Department employees for the
most donations. Police school resource
officers and students from the Tempe
Union High School District also rose to
the challenge, collecting nearly 7,000
pounds of food.
Major contributors and their
donated amounts included Tempe
Police and Courts, 3,000 pounds;
Corona del Sol High School, 2,400
pounds; Compadre/Tempe Union H.S.
District Office, 2,000 pounds; Marcos
de Niza High School, 975 pounds;
Connelly Middle School, 700 pounds;
McClintock High School, 472 pounds;
and Tempe High School, 350 pounds.
Said Polanski:
“We are so grateful to the
generous Tempe police, court and
school employees, and Tempe students
for raising such an enormous amount
of pet food for our shelter and pet food
bank program. They have made a huge
impact by providing food for the pets
we rescue and for families in crisis that
we help through our pet food bank, for
many months to come. “This has been
the most successful pet food drive we
have ever had.” Information: www.



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