Our cats will spend the holidays surrounded by those who love them, in a warm home, with full tummies and plenty of toys. That’s quite a contrast to how shelter cats will spend their holidays. For them, they’re not going to be any different from any other day spent waiting for that one human who will rescue them and give them a forever home.
Since everyone deserves a home for the holidays, Petfinder.com is launching its annual Foster A Lonely Pet For The Holidays program for the third year in a row. The program’s goal is to empty out animal shelters from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
“Many people do not realize just how important fostering is among the animal welfare community,” said Betsy Banks Saul, the co-founder of Petfinder.com. “Animal shelters across North America have to euthanize adoptable pets simply because they are overcrowded. However, by fostering, people can give pets a place to stay while they wait for their forever home.”
The goal of the program is to spread awareness about fostering and find temporary homes for adoptable pets while giving shelter workers and volunteers a much-needed break.
If you can foster a shelter cat for the holidays, you can find a list of participating shelters and rescue groups at http://www.petfinder.com/info/foster-a-lonely-pet-2011. Staff and volunteers at each organization will be available to answer questions about the fostering process and help select a pet who will be a good match for the foster family’s lifestyle.
First created in 2009, the Foster A Lonely Pet For The Holidays program was inspired by Greg Kincaid’s book and movie, A Dog Named Christmas, about a young man who sets out to convince his community to participate in a local animal shelter’s inaugural “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program.”