Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | January 14, 2009

Foster a Second Chance

Ivy Loves Volunteers!

Ivy Loves Volunteers!

Second Chance Humane Society began its work of rescuing homeless dogs and cats back in 1994 when a few concerned animal loving citizens began fostering homeless pets until they could find forever homes for them.  It was not until 2004 that Second Chance had a suitable shelter that relieved the dependency upon foster care.  However, foster care continues to play an important role in the efforts of Second Chance to address homeless pet needs, and more foster homes are currently being sought.

Homeless pets often arrive at the Second Chance Shelter with varying needs that require foster home placements, such as illnesses needing special care and diet, behavioral issues that are best transformed through a consistent and secure home environment, puppies and kittens that are too young to be in a shelter, or nursing mothers and their litters. 

Additionally, a pet may be placed in foster care not because of special needs but simply because the Second Chance Shelter is short on space for additional homeless pets.  Ideally in this situation a pet will be placed in foster care until room is created through an adoption of a shelter pet or a pet parent re-claim.  Thus many foster care commitments can be as minimal as a week.

Being a foster care provider is both challenging and extremely rewarding.  The challenges come from bringing a new pet into your home and working through the adjustment period.  The reward is in knowing that you are giving the pet a chance to heal and trust so that they can be more quickly placed into forever homes.  Additionally, you get the great pleasure of having a loving and appreciative pet in your home to build a special relationship with, without the long-term commitment. 

The best way to explore the various possibilities of fostering would be to contact the Second Chance 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, family, and interests. 

My name is Ivy, a recently rescued Black Lab mix who would be the ideal candidate for a foster home as I am so gentle, loving and eager to please.  I encourage you to strongly consider being a foster parent – the more foster homes that exist in this community equates to the more homeless pets that can be rescued. 

As Pet Column readers know, the success of the vision of Second Chance Humane Society: “Loving Homes For All Pets!”,  is dependent upon community support.  Opening your home to a pet in need is an incredible way to make a difference and further this vision.  Adoptions tend to drop a bit during the hard winter months yet the number of homeless pets do not.  Thus, consider playing a part in expanding the ability for Second Chance to help all homeless pets in the region.  Consider taking someone like me into your home to secure my second chance.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Voucher , Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Questions for next week’s column can be sent to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.org

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