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It's bad enough when a family loses its home. It's indescribably awful when they drive away and leave the family dog or cat behind to starve. Yet, in the midst of the foreclosure crisis, it's nearly an everyday occurrence. As a Phoenix-area mortgage broker who was known for her love of animals, Jodi Polanski heard about these cases all the time from the real estate agents she worked with -- the agents would enter a vacant, foreclosed home to show it to a buyer and encounter a dog trapped in the yard or a cat locked in a closet. "I kept hearing these stories," Polanski recalls. "(The agents) would call the listing agent and say, 'Hey, did you know there's a dog in the backyard?' I kept thinking that there had to be a way a Realtor could call somebody who could act...