Lost Our Home Pet Rescue

Lost Our Home

Addressing the Needs of Pets & People in Crisis with our Unique Solutions.

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue was founded in 2008 as a grassroots response to the housing crisis that left thousands of people displaced and thousands of pets abandoned. Lost Our Home Founder and Executive Director, Jodi Polanski, worked as a local mortgage banker during that time and witnessed these devastating results firsthand.

Pets were abandoned in foreclosed homes, often without food or water. Others were forced into shelters—their owners having no other choice. With the second highest foreclosure rates, and the second highest shelter-euthanasia rates, Maricopa County was experiencing a crisis and no existing service was designed to address the needs of both people and pets.

Jodi was quick to recognize this urgent need and launched Lost Our Home Pet Rescue with just a small network of volunteers who were focused on helping the pets that had been abandoned during the housing crisis. Help and hope were on the way!

Soon we learned that the need was even greater than we originally thought, and we responded by quickly expanding our programs to offer additional programs for pets and pet parents facing other life crises too. Today, our programs include:

Temporary Care Program: provides up to 90 days of complete care for pets.

Pet Food Bank Program (Animeals on Wheels): provides pet food and supplies to financially struggling individuals. 

Pet Rescue Program for Abandoned and/or Owner-Surrendered Pets: provides medical care, shelter and food while finding forever loving homes.

Domestic Violence program: We partner with the domestic violence shelters A New Leaf and Sojourner Center, providing guidance, resources, and much more to help these shelters house pets on their campuses. 

Tempe, AZ First Responder program: Provides 24/7 access to the shelter for first responders on duty