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From the Washington Humane Society (Washington, DC 20012)

As the only open access shelter in Washington, DC, WHS takes in an average of 30 animals every day. The WHS team works around the clock to provide comfort to all of the animals in our care, but our space and resources are limited. Thanks to the hard work and determination of the WHS team, the New York Avenue shelter facility is undergoing major renovations in the coming months to help us provide a better environment for all of our animal residents while they are in our care.

A construction project is currently taking place in the main holding kennel. The maintenance team is working on improving a few kennels at a time, but due to the noise and fumes of construction, the rear section of the kennel, home to about 10 animal spaces, had to be cleared completely. WHS continues to experience a steady stream of dogs daily, so the loss of 10 kennels impacts us tremendously.

WHS is seeking the support of our community to help DC’s animals; we are seeking short-term emergency foster homes for some of our dogs. Foster volunteers are vital members of the WHS community, and they fulfill a critical component of our life-saving work. By opening their hearts and homes to animals in need on a temporary basis, fosters expand the number of animals who are receiving care on any given day. Each time an animal is taken out of the shelter and placed into a foster home, it provides space for another animal who needs our special care and attention. Thanks to our dedicated foster families, WHS was able to help hundreds more animals find loving homes in 2011, and the WHS foster program is set for expansion in 2012. We hope you will be a part of it starting with this most urgent opportunity.

More information on fostering can be found on our web site; click here for an application.

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From Angels for Animals (Canfield, Ohio 44406)

The Fall is here: falling rain, falling temperatures and, soon, falling snow. We’ve all been basking in the summer and now the realization that it will NOT be nice outside anymore has struck.

Piquet (Pet ID#A057916)

For many people this is a signal to “dump” the cats and dogs they have been feeding outside all summer.  Yes, there is a direct correlation between the temperature dropping and the number of animals dropped off at our abandonment area. All night long they dump. Why at night? Shame – and they should be ashamed. They let their “problem” get out of control. FIX THE FIRST ONE! Oh, you didn’t do the right thing – now you do the shameful thing: dump.

What can we do? Well, we save as many as we can of course. Last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 120 cats and kittens were left at our shelter. That is almost as many as the 135 cats we adopted out in August.  (Thanks to Kelly and her staff of loving volunteers!). How do we save them? Well, that is where YOU COME IN! We need foster parents.

For cats, the year is a cycle. Birth occurs spring to fall. Adoptions occur fall to spring. Fosters are needed to hold our “inventory” of cats so that there are kittens available for adoption at Christmas and older cats for the serious house homes in January through April, when the most adult cats are adopted.

Jake (Pet ID#A057438)

Then there are the poor dogs. All the county pounds get, well, POUNDED! We want to save more of these dogs and puppies too! Dogs that get out and go through the Angels adoption program get more health care and a screened adoption. They also get lifelong right of return to the shelter if things don’t “work out.”

So please – consider becoming a foster family. Animals are dying for your help. For cats, call Kelly at 330.506.0326. For dogs, call Bernadette at 330.651.8462, Ext 118.

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From Suncoast Humane Society (Englewood, Florida 34224)

Are you willing to open your home and your heart to an animal that needs help? Volunteering as a foster parent with Suncoast Humane Society is a unique way to help an animal get a second chance at life without having to make the long-term commitment of adoption. Often times, we receive litters of sick kittens who need a little TLC or dogs who don’t fare well in a shelter that need a more secure environment. Suncoast Humane Society understands the important commitment it takes to be a foster parent and we will work with you every step of the way. Without the support of our foster homes, many of these homeless and abandoned animals would not have an opportunity to be placed into a permanent loving home. If you would consider becoming a foster parent for Suncoast Humane Society, please contact Laurie Downing.

As another way to increase pet adoptions, we have begun working cooperatively with PetSupermarket in Englewood. In only 4 months, we have adopted 26 cats from this offsite adoption center and we couldn’t be happier. As positive as it is, the program also requires a big commitment as the cats must be checked, fed, and have their litter cleaned twice a day. In order to keep this successful program going, we need volunteers, particularly volunteers who can cover the morning shift. If you would like to volunteer with us at PetSupermarket, please contact Claire Berten.

Whether you are new to Suncoast Humane Society or a longtime supporter, we urge you to consider the many ways you can help. You can read more about the unique roles volunteers play within our organization on the Suncoast Humane Society web site. Thank you for being a friend of Suncoast Humane Society.

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From the Nevada Humane Society (Reno, Nevada 89502)

With kitten season still in full-swing and up to 20 kittens entering the shelter each day, foster homes are greatly needed. If you can open your home to kittens who need some basic care until they reach two pounds (about 8-9 weeks old), you can help us save lives.

The great thing about fostering is that you can select the foster situation that best suits your lifestyle. If you can only care for one kitten, a litter of kittens, or a litter with their mom, we can really use your help. Each day, our kitten fostering needs are posted on Facebook along with information on where to call to let us know you’re available.

For more information on fostering, contact Nikole Nichols at 775-856-2000 ext. 321.

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From Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society (Leverett, Massachusetts 01054; Springfield, Massachusetts 01105)

Throughout the year, foster homes for animals are always needed.  The need is even more critical at this time of year, when litters of homeless kittens begin arriving in greater numbers. We urgently need foster caretakers who have either a human or veterinary nursing background to help with supportive care for underage kittens.

Photo by Samuel Masinter

If you could open your heart and home for a few weeks, please call us at 413-781-4000.  We…and the kittens in our care…need you!

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With “kitten season” here, new foster parents are needed to take care of orphaned kittens until they are ready to be returned to the Rhode Island SPCA (Riverside, Rhode Island 02915) and adopted.

Positions available:

Bottle feed kittens: less than 5 weeks old. Must be fed every 2-3 hours. Individual would have to be able to bring kittens to work or be home most of the time.

Socialize Kittens: 5-8 weeks old. Kittens need to be socialized to prepare them for adoption.

If interested, please return a Volunteer Foster Application and your pet’s up-to-date vaccination records to Lisa Levasseur.

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From the Dumb Friends League (Denver, Colorado 80231)

Tracy, Helton and Tulo were found wandering the streets a few days ago and brought to the Dumb Friends League for help. All three kittens are only 6 weeks old, meaning that they are too young for adoption right now. They are just three of the many pets looking for temporary homes.

You can open up your home and heart temporarily to help pets in need like Tracy, Helton and Tulo.

Why should you foster?

  • It’s rewarding. You truly make a hands-on difference for the pet you’re fostering, as well as the other homeless animals in our care.
  • There’s absolutely no cost. We provide foster families with everything needed: food, bedding, toys, cat litter and other supplies, as well as veterinary care.
  • It’s fun. You get all the enjoyment of owning a pet without the long-term commitment.

You decide how long you foster and what type of pet. We work with your schedule and needs.

What type of pets need foster care?

All kinds! Foster volunteers provide in-home care for pets until they are ready for adoption or space is available at one of our two shelters. Right now, we particularly need foster homes for adult cats.

Other pets needing foster care include:

  • Kittens and puppies that are too young for adoption
  • Mother cats and dogs nursing their litters
  • Pets recovering from illness or injury
  • Those needing extra socialization
  • Cats that would benefit being available for adoption via our Home Buddies program

Plus, we rely on foster homes to help provide needed space at our shelters for incoming animals.

Become a foster parent today! Learn more about this life-saving program and how you can make a difference. Then complete a foster application to get started.

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From Tree House Humane Society (Chicago, Illinois 60640)

We are still looking for emergency foster homes to help with socializing feral kittens, nursing orphans, or providing a room for a feral mom and her babies until they are weaned. Sometimes we just need someone to hang onto a friendly adult until we can find a place for him or her. We are finding a large percentage of colony cats are turning out to be friendly and need to be fostered as we do not want to put “friendlies” back outside.

Unfortunately, the number of official Tree House foster homes that the shelter can guarantee placement for are limited. So people who can hang onto cats or kittens in a pinch, look for placement and take them to our spay/neuter clinic if necessary are truly life-savers and so important in order to accomplish our mission. We can help by getting you supplies including help with food and free spay/neuter packages.

We know this is a lot to ask, but we can’t save as many cats and kittens without our wonderful emergency foster volunteers! If you are interested in providing an emergency foster home for a cat or kittens, please e-mail Kari or call our TNR hotline at: 773-784-5488 ext. 234.

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When you visit Montgomery County Humane Society (Rockville, Maryland 20850) (or your local shelter or rescue), do you wish you could take home all the animals you see?

There’s a way you can come close — become a foster caregiver. Fostering allows you to provide temporary care for a homeless animal before it gets adopted permanently. A typical experience lasts a few weeks to a few months with any one animal. Every foster experience is different, but MCHS needs their fosters to commit to helping more than one pet. Once your first foster animal goes to its permanent home, you take in another one, and the momentum builds. Fosters often tell MCHS about the good feeling they get from knowing just how many animals they’re able to help.

The need for foster homes is especially great right now. Every spring, shelters around the country are flooded with homeless kittens, puppies and other young animals. MCHS is no exception, with the number of animals swelling from early spring and continuing until early fall. Fosters help MCHS greatly increase the number of animals who find loving, permanent homes.

Top 10 Reasons Become an MCHS Foster

10. You have time to make a commitment to one or more animals for a short period.
9. You have lots of love to give and want to provide TLC for animals in need.
8. You want to help ease the burden on the shelter, help MCHS care for more animals, and speed the adoption process.
7. Your home environment makes it possible for the animal to adjust to a new home that much faster.
6. With MCHS guidance, you can choose the type of animal you’d like to foster.
5. MCHS pays for basic shots, spay/neuter, and medical costs.
4. You’ll extend your own network of friends among other fosters and adopters.
3. You can help find the animal’s new home by attending adoption events, writing a profile and featuring photos on the MCHS web site.
2. You’re giving deserving animals a second chance at life.
1. You’re a hero to your foster animals, the families who adopt them, and friends and family.

Foster Volunteer Requirements and Commitments

  • Approval from your landlord if you are renting
  • Provide your own transportation to the shelter and for veterinary appointments
  • Have a flexible schedule
  • Commit to at least six months in the program
  • Complete a Foster Care Application and sign a foster care agreement
  • Agree to a home visit/training interview by foster staff
  • Ability to lift, push, carry 15-20 pounds
  • Offer physical separation from your own animals as needed

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When: Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Where: New Rochelle Humane Society, 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, New York 10801

Admission: Free

NRHS Shelter Manager Dana Rocco will be holding a one-hour workshop describing the New Rochelle Humane Society’s foster care program. Learn about the cats and dogs that typically need foster care. Find out what type of fostering is right for you and how to get started. The devotion and care given during this time allows the animal a chance to find their forever home.

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