When the boom turned to bust and the financial crises of 2007 hit Dubai, expatriates needed to flee the country quickly. Most of them lost their jobs and literally turned off the lights leaving massive debts and leases in their wake. It became known as a "runner". Ex pats would literally pack their bags and desert their vehicles at the airport without cancelling their visas. Tragically their pets were left behind in the runner. Some of the ex pats would leave their poor animals stranded in the streets tied to a pole with a note tied to their collar. K9, a dog shelter, were inundated with abandoned pets that needed homes.