For most animal lovers, the idea of bringing a cat or dog back to the shelter after feeding, loving and caring for them may seem like a cruel or heartbreaking act. But for PAWS foster parent Kara Gerhart, it's just the opposite.
Gerhart, a PAWS volunteer, had never fostered before. But when she found out that Captain Boots—a handsome tuxedo cat whom she had met at PAWS—needed a foster home, she immediately jumped in to help.
"I had never fostered before, but this particular cat had touched my heart, and I just wanted to give him a place to recuperate and stay as happy as possible," says Gerhart.
"There's nothing more rewarding than fostering, because you know you've given them the best chance in
the world at finding a home," she says.
"We were very sad to say goodbye, but Boots got to say hello to his forever family only a few days later!"
Foster care is a crucial component of any animal shelter or rescue organization, and a particularly important program at PAWS, where our ability to help any given animal depends upon availability of space and resources. In the shelter, we only have room for so many—but through foster care, we can help a limitless number of animals.
Currently, PAWS is in desperate need of more foster families, especially to help us care for a large influx of adult cats with upper respiratory infections (kitty colds).
By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter. To help with this foster emergency, please call the PAWS Foster Care Program at 425.787.2500 x822.