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Dog fostering program needs volunteer support
As summer approaches, the local Kelowna branch of the B.C. SPCA sees many animals come through their doors.
“July is our slowest month of the year for adoptions,” said Mike McGee, animal management coordinator.
“People are thinking about their holidays and not about adopting a ‘new family member.’”
The Kelowna SPCA helps over 2,500 abused, abandoned and homeless animals every year and right now see themselves overloaded with animals in need of homes or if not a home a short term home.
The SPCA utilizes foster families to care for animals for short periods when animals are sick, pregnant, have special needs or sometimes when the shelter is so full that the animals become anxious in the environment.
“Foster families are an extremely important part of our animal care program and can provide a stable environment with less stimulation and stress to the animals,” said McGee.
“The animals are still listed as available for adoption on our website and at the branch but can maintain a routine and proper home environment while they wait.”
To put this into perspective, let’s consider the situation for a dog named Cabella, a very sweet and friendly hound cross who has been stuck in the shelter environment for 216 days.
Cabella was transferred to the Kelowna SPCA from another animal shelter after their efforts to find the dog a home proved unsuccessful.
Fortunately for Cabella, Kelowna is one of the busiest SPCA branches in B.C. for dog adoptions.
However, the hope of finding a permanent home for Cabella has still proven to be elusive.
The Kelowna SPCA faces this issue around this time every year, but this year the branch is hoping a stepped-up foster program can alleviate some of the pressure at the branch and allow these dogs to get familiar with a home setting.
The branch has a number of foster families who regularly help but they need more. There will be an application to fill out and some information gathered to ensure an appropriate fit of the animal.
Some questions may include other animals that currently reside in the home, children, ensuring the yard is fenced but each case will handled on an individual basis.
Qualified foster families will be sent home with food, bowls, toys, beds and any other items the dog may require.
If you think you can help by taking an animal into your care for a short period, please call the local branch at 250-861-7722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.