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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 4, 2014. Page 7 Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light- hearted! Thanks. After reading this article I thought I would shm-e it with my readers. Abandoned pets is a major social issue. With millions of homeowners ex- pected to face foreclosures and other personal disasters, untold numbers of dogs, cats and other animals are at risk of being abandoned by their owners. These aban- doned pets are sometimes referred to as foreclosure pets. But even if you can't adopt or foster one of these abandoned pets yourself, there are many things you can do to help pets during tough times. If you know or suspect that a neighbor is preparing to move soon due to a financial hardship, find out if they have made arrangements for their pets. If not, encour- age the owner to: Ask relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers if they'd be willing to foster or adopt the animal. Choose a property that allows pets, ff they're consid- ering an apartment or other rental property. Ask a local shelter or pet adoption organization to house their pet for a limited time at no charge while they search for new housing. Contact a local animal rescue group and ask if they are able to temporarily fos- ter the animal. Get in touch with the breeder, if the pet is a pure- bred dog, the breeder may be willing to take the dog back or find it a new home. Talk rith local veterinar- ians and learn if low-cost boarding is offered while they seek a new home. * Post a free listing for an available pet or search for rescue and adoption re- sources at, Adopt A Pet.corn, Pets 911 or Turn the pet over to a local humane society or open-admission animal con- trol shelter as a last resort. If you suspect any pets left behind-after an owner has vacated the property, take the following steps: Contact the home's real estate/foreclosure agent or .your local police department or humane society to inform them of the abandoned pet. Without breaking into the house, violating any laws or putting yourself at risk, attempt to provide a small amount of food and water to the animal until the proper authorities arrive. Work with local authori- ties to get the animal placed in a new home --.hang up fly- ers, post online notices of the pet's availability, and spread positive word-of-mouth. Careful and prompt action is important once a forsaken pet is discovered. "Animals who are locked up in an abandoned property will not survive if left for very long. They are not able to get out of their confines to search for food and water. And they risk being exposed to extreme weather condi- tions and temperatures." Keep in mind that while they can go without food for many days, a dog or cat can become dehydrated within 24 hours without water and could die in extreme heat or coldwithin ! a. few days. Dogs left in homes may attempt to protect their ter- ritory when strangers enter the home "Protective behav- ior and associated aggres- sion can make it difficult for foreclosure company agents to capture a dog, and animal control officers may be called in to do so. Also, eats may hide when strangers enter the house, reducing their chance of being found. Lastly, be aware that local laws may prohibit you from your rescue efforts. Pets have virtually no rights be- cause they are considered personal property in most states, and personal property left behind by owners is sub- ject to seizure by. the lender repossessing the home. Un- fortunately, some laws don't consider personal property to be forfeited until after a set time period, which prevents lenders from removing pets from the property and outsid- ers from interfering on the animal's behalf. I know I learned some- thing "by this article and I hope my readers did too. That's all for now! REMEMBER WE ARE BOSTON STRONG!!! Another four years have past and a World Cup on the way. Beginning June 12~ a month long competition of soccer, futbol or we as Italians refer to it, "il calcio" will take place. There are always many emotions that revolve around this worldly tournament, but Boston has a very specific reason for excitement. The Italian Confederation has chosen our fair city to be a headquarters to team up with Puma and Massachu- setts's own "We Got Soccer" for World Cup Boston soccer store in Faneuil Hall. The shop is host to all your World Cup needs. When you enter the store you're welcomed by an imitation of an Italian locker room, a life size Mario Balotelli, a panel stocked with "brazuca" official match balls and glittering gold rep- lica trophies. Walls were filled with rows upon rows of jerseys from; Argentina, Brazil, United States, Spain, Italy, England, Portugal and many more. Along the far side of the store is a big screen TV playing soccer matches of course but also a quality arrangement of cleats high in demand. They will even be carrying the NWSL Boston Breakers jer- sey to help show your local support. There were shorts, socks, balls, sweatshirts, jackets and most anything you will need to show your soccer spirit. If there so happens to be an item missing you were looking for there are a few stations with iPads set up through- out to order online through www. I was able to chat with President Michael O'Conner and was informed that this is not just a soccer shop but a traveling Italian fun wagon! The marketing team from "We Got Soccer" has put to- gether an exciting line up of events to help promote the store. June 1st at Santa Maria Di Anzano procession in the North End, there will be an Italian shine on display along with a decorative Fiat dis- playing Auzzuri images. The North End has 16 participat- ing restaurants in a golden ticket initiative. Diners are encouraged to check out the shop from the restaurant and have the opportunity to win prizes. The restaurant that sends the most shoppers in will win a trip for two to the World Cup final-match. The winner will be announced on June 12th" Also runners up will receive balls, jerseys and more that can be displayed in their establishment. They will also be making a special appearance at one of Boston's best events, Taste of the North End. Be sure to keep your eyes open for their promotions as there will be prizes and discounts on store merchandise. "I really want to make sure the community knows it's there [this opportunity], car- rying the authenti'c Auzzuri line and what a unique rela- tionship with Puma and the Italian Confederation this truly is," said.O'Conner. . by Angela Cornacchio In 2006 ~vhen the Auzzuri took home the trophy there was a moment of glory for Boston when coverage of the final against France took a snap shot of the crowd gath- ered in Government Center " watching the match on a big screen. Tl e world was in- formed then that our city has the largest Italian population in a country filled with many ethnicities. So it appears in 2014 the Italian Confedera- tion has chosen to be a part of the city of champions and is hoping for "Boston Strong" to follow the Auzzuri to Brazil. The store plans to stay at the 1 Faneuil Hall Market- place location through the holiday season with hopes that there will be a demand to create a permanent loca- tion. You can call the swanky shop at .508-802-9731 for hours of operations to pop in, watch a match and leave with your primo World Cup goodies! BOSTON SOCCER SUPERSTORE Come experience Boston's only World Cup headquarters! FANEUIL HALL MARKETPLACE South Market-Ground Level $50 or more and receive a FREE PUMA hat or sack bag. *Must bring in this ad for this special offer. Cannot be combined withother, offers,' WWW. BOSTO N P OSTG AZ ETTE.COM