“Everyone needs a hero sometimes, even a tiny kitten. People are always looking for a way to make a difference, and being a foster parent gives you that opportunity," explains Rebecca Oertel, PAWS Foster Care Coordinator.
"You also get the added benefit of receiving some fluffy attention and snuggle time with darling kittens or puppies and the companionship of an adult cat or dog. We think of the PAWS foster parents as our heroes. They make such an amazing difference in the life of an animal who has already gone through some sort of trauma or medical problem. Foster parents do this simply by providing a little bit of love, some good meals and a safe, warm place to temporarily call home.”
Because of their heroic efforts, the PAWS foster volunteers saves the lives of more than 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens every year—roughly 30 percent of all the animals who come through the PAWS Companion Animal Shelter. The most common reason for foster care is to allow kittens and puppies to grow older, gain weight, and become properly socialized. Animals with colds, injuries or other illnesses also benefit from foster care as the quiet comfort of a home is much more conducive to a speedy, thorough recovery.
In addition to providing love and nurturing, foster parents also help PAWS learn more about the animals’ behavior in a home environment. This information is extremely valuable when matching up animals with their new families.
PAWS is gearing up for the spring and summer “kitten season,” and every additional foster home helps. We provide veterinary care, medication, starter food, training and ongoing support, while foster volunteers provide love, toys and the basic essentials. Learn how YOU can become a hero. If your current lifestyle will not allow you to temporarily house an animal, you can still help by donating much needed items from our wish list. See our hours and location to deliver your donations!
Become a hero to one (or a litter) of the thousands of kittens, puppies, cats and dogs who arrive at the PAWS animal shelter needing a little boost in life. Thank you!
Pictured above: (top) Logan, a kitten who needed bottle-feeding; (bottom left) Carolina, a 9-month-old Smooth Collie mix went to foster for kennel cough; (bottom right) Moesha, Marshall, Carlson, and Clemens (litter of 6-week-old kittens) went to foster to grow up a little and receive some socialization.