Cindy Kleh: Give hope to the hopeless: Foster a shelter pet
June 28, 2011
To the Editor:
Do you love cats or dogs and want to give some of your time and love to help them survive?
Fraser Valley Pet Rescue is a group of local individuals interested in helping to save the lives of healthy and social homeless pets. The Pet Rescue works directly with overcrowded shelters as well as helping established rescues, including Mile High Labrador Retriever Mission, New Hope Cattle Dogs Rescue of Colorado, and Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue.
All adoption applications and expenses for fostering and adoptions are handled through those individual organizations. (Most shelters and rescues require landlord approval for both foster and adoptive rental homes.) Many humane societies on the Front Range have an abundance of pets right now that need a home, especially kittens, so before you plunk down a large sum of cash for a special, fancy breed, consider adopting a pet that desperately needs special care and a secure, safe place to live.
If you are especially good-hearted and have the means to foster cats, kittens, puppies or dogs temporarily until they are ready for adoption, please email email@example.com. Some people worry about not being able to give up the animals they foster, but it’s a very rewarding experience to act as a stepping stone for the animal to get out of a terrible situation and into a secure, loving home. Fostering works great for someone who is considering the adoption of an animal, but wants to try it out first, or someone who loves animals, but can’t commit to long-term pet ownership.
If you can only help out with one pet, that’s still one precious life that you have saved. The individual shelters or organizations provide the training, food, litter and medical costs while they are under your care. The foster parent can choose what type of pet, as well as how many and how often he or she wants to foster.
Please contact your local animal shelter first to see if there are similar opportunities to help pets that are already in your county. But if you have the right living situation, adore cats and/or dogs and have lots of love to give, think about it … you can give a helpless soul a chance for a happy, healthy life.