Every year, tens of thousands of unwanted and homeless pets come through the doors of the Dumb Friends League. Sometimes, those pets aren’t immediate candidates for adoption due to their age or medical condition. Last year alone, 2,946 such pets received temporary, life-saving foster care through the League’s Homes with Hearts foster care program and in the homes of 453 foster volunteers.
“Fostering truly matters, said Theresa Geary, the League’s vice president of operations. “It changes the course of an animal’s life. By opening up their hearts and homes, whether for two weeks or two months, our foster volunteers help give homeless pets a second chance.”
The Dumb Friends League is looking for more foster volunteers to provide temporary care for pets in their home until they are ready for adoption or until space is available at one of the League’s two shelters. Foster families are provided with food, bedding, toys, cat litter and other supplies, as well as veterinary care for the foster pets as needed.
Pets needing foster care include kittens and puppies that are too young for adoption, as well as cats and dogs nursing their litters, those recovering from an illness or injury and those that would benefit from extra socialization. The Dumb Friends League also utilizes foster parents to help provide needed space at the shelters for incoming animals.
“You do get attached,” said foster volunteer Beth Link. “However, it’s more rewarding to know that pets are finding good homes, and you have the ability to help even more pets.”