Humane Society seeking foster providers

Shelter dog Pumpkin on a walk with foster provider, Dave Bennett. Courtesy photo

Animal lovers interested in becoming foster care providers for shelter animals can learn more on July 27 when Homeward Bound Humane Society in Addison County hosts an informational meeting for new volunteers.

The shelter currently has short- and long-term fostering opportunities available for dogs, cats, and kittens, but they are especially interested in finding foster care providers for dogs.

Homeward Bound relies on foster homes when extra care and attention is needed for animals who are either too young for adoption, or who require socialization or medical care in a home environment to ready them for adoption.

Annually, the greatest need is foster care for kittens. Late spring through mid-autumn is unofficially called “Kitten Season” at the Humane Societies. During this time period, the shelter receives many kittens that are too young or too under-socialized to be made available for adoption immediately. Kittens must be at least two months old, and must weigh at least two pounds before they can be adopted.

“Fostering is a labor of love,” said Homeward Bound Executive Director Jess Danyow. “Orphaned kittens for example, require feeding around the clock by their providers. It’s literally like having a baby for a number of weeks.”

The shelter currently has 15 active foster families who are an important resource for their organization. She hopes this informational meeting will attract folks from the region who are looking for an opportunity to help homeless animals during their time of transition.

The meeting will be from 6-7 p.m. at the Humane Society, 236 Boardman Street, Middlebury. No RSVP is required, and refreshments will be provided. Anyone with questions should contact Michelle Shubert at 388-1100, ext. 232, or michelle@homewardboundanimals.org.

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