The Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS) is looking for volunteers to foster kittens, which fill up the facility each summer.
Danielle Marie Jones, director of marketing & development at the TAHS, said over 50 kittens need fostering right away.
“Summer is always the very busiest time of the year for kittens,” she said. “Over the summer, we can have 250 or more in foster care at one time.”
If TAHS can’t find enough fosters, the kittens will never get the chance to be adopted, she added.
The TAHS pays for all the materials for fostering, she said, including food, litter, bowls, bedding, toys, litter box, medication and veterinary services.
“There are no out of pocket expenses for fosters,” she said.
Fostering involves giving animals “a quiet space to stay, some attention to help socialize them, getting them ready to be put up for adoption,” she said.
Kittens, on average, usually need to be fostered for about six weeks, or until they weight 2 lbs.
Besides kittens, the shelter throughout the year seeks fosters to nurture puppies, dogs, adult cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals that are sick, injured, or need a little tender care before they are ready for adoption. Placements can range in length from just a few days to several weeks, depending on an animal’s needs. The program is structured to make fostering an easy and rewarding experience.
• Provide a safe and loving environment for puppies and kittens in the early days of life that may or may not have their mother.
• Have their own transportation to bring animals to veterinary appointments or in cases of emergency.
• Have the time to provide the socialization and basic training that will give the animal a better chance to find a permanent home.
Each year, the shelter has special promotions to help kittens get adopted. “We’ve had several already and will continue to do so throughout the summer,” she said.
To become a foster, complete a foster volunteer application form on the shelter’s website at http://www.toledohumane.org., sign a foster care agreement, and attend the foster care orientation training class. The Toledo Area Humane Society is located at 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.
“It’s a rewarding experience, and all we’re asking for is your time and love for the pets. It helps the animals with their journey to get to a second chance,” said Jones.
The facility regularly takes in animals from Monroe and Lenawee counties in Michigan, and from Ottawa, Sandusky, Fulton, Williams, Wood, Lucas, Defiance and Hancock counties in Ohio, according to Jones.
“In all of these neighbouring counties, the majority of the animals we help are cats – which is why fosters are so important,” she added.