Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | April 23, 2008

Our Foster Care Program

Taz - Author of Week

Taz - Author of Week

Spring is finally here and while some folks may be marking the season by the rituals of spring cleaning, gardening, and heading south to escape mud season, here at Second Chance our ritual is to prepare for kittens and puppies. Part of this preparation involves expanding our foster care base so that we can provide an alternative to nursing mothers with kittens and puppies who are too young to thrive in a shelter environment.

In addition to pups and kittens, other homeless pets arrive at the SCHS shelter with varying needs that may lead them to be placed in foster care. Examples are pets with illnesses or injuries that require special care and diets or behavioral issues that are best transformed through a consistent and stable home environment.

Additionally, a pet may be placed in foster care not because of special needs but simply because the Second Chance shelter, which is a no-kill shelter, is short on space for an additional homeless pet. In this situation a pet will be placed in foster care until space is created through an adoption of a shelter pet.

Many of our current foster homes are provided by pet lovers who are unable to make a lifetime commitment to a new family pet member but have space and time available on a temporary basis. Some foster parents use the opportunity to discover how a new pet will fit into their lives before making such a commitment. Others simply want to give to a pet in need and help work with that pet to deal with some issues that may be obstacles to adoption – like a lack of confidence or trust of people. Thus, some foster homes act as havens for rehabilitation.

Many may not realize that Second Chance operated strictly as a foster care program for the first ten years of existence until opening the current shelter in 2004. So we have learned that being a foster care provider is both challenging and extremely rewarding. However, all of our foster parents report that the challenge of bringing a new pet home and working through the adjustment period does not compare to the reward of witnessing a transformed pet become adopted into a loving forever homes.

To learn more about the various opportunities available within our foster program you can contact our Shelter Manager Allison (626-2273), to discuss your interests. The initial conversation focuses upon which foster pet situation would work best for your home environment and interests.

By the way, my name is Taz and I am one of the lucky homeless pets currently benefitting from a foster home. I have flourished in this wonderful environment and am now very ready for a forever home. I am Golden Retriever- Red Heeler mix of about 3 years of age, I love people, dogs, and cats and am totally housebroken and respond to basic commands. I stick close to home and respond when called. I love to retrieve toys and sticks and will drop them at your feet with a big happy smiley face. I enjoy being brushed, I walk well on a leash, and am not possessive over my toys or food. Wow, I am pretty great! My only challenge is learning to be comfortable riding in a car – which I am simply not familiar with.

As for you reader, I encourage you to strongly consider being a foster parent – the more foster homes that exist in our region equates to the more homeless pets that can be provided their second chance. Besides, foster pets can be a great help in the spring garden!

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet or learn about SCHS Spay/Neuter Vouchers, Volunteer & Foster Care and other Programs. Visit www.secondchancehumanesociety.org to see our adoptable pets. Responses to Pet Columns can be sent to: kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.org.

 

 

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