The foreclosure process starts with a Notice of Default being recorded. This is probably what you are referring to in the Notice of Foreclosure sale. The minimum time when the auction (Trustee's Sale) date of the property can be recorded after recording of the Notice of Default (NOD) is 3 months. At least 20 days has to elapse after the Notice of Trustee's sale is recorded before the sale can take place. However, with the high number of foreclosures and avenues for negotiating a modification of the loan, these time periods usually get extended. The homeowner (borrower of the loan) can prevent the auction by making good on the default amount. How long a homeowner can stay in the property depends on where the homeowner is in the foreclosure or loan modification process with the lender.
Your best bet is to work with a Realtor who can get you information on which you can decide whether or not you want to make an offer on the property.
As regards pets, contact the City office and make a complaint.
If you need more specific information on the property let me know.
United America Realty