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George is in a foster home thanks to Okanagan Humane Society volunteer

OHS is looking for more foster homes to help animals like George

George is a very good boy. He comes when he is called, he sits on command, he fetches a ball and returns it.

The only problem is George hasn’t found his forever home.

The two-year-old shepherd/lab cross was abandoned in Osoyoos and spent a few weeks at the regional district dog control.

Finally, in the care of the Okanagan Humane Society, George is now neutered, vaccinated, chipped, and dewormed, and ready for adoption.

The 70-pound boy is currently being fostered in the Shuswap, where he is making friends with the resident cat.

He loves to run and play fetch. The cuddle buddy also loves to swim.

Thanks to his foster mom Tara, he is learning good manners and is crate-trained.

Tara Gallant has been a dedicated volunteer with OHS for some time, and because of her love for animals, pets like George can spend time in a foster feeling safe and respected before being adopted.

The Salmon Arm resident says fostering is very important for the animals because it allows for the dog or cat to get acquainted with a new surrounding after being surrendered or abandoned.

“They don’t know why they have become homeless and the transition period is important. We get to learn a lot about them and then we can pass that information along to their new family, to help make the transition much smoother,” explained Gallant.

She says she finds fostering very fulfilling and does it as often as possible, especially with the recent influx of animals in need of homes.

Following an increase in adoptions during COVID, many people are returning to work in the office and are unable to give the time to care for their pets. Also, OHS is seeing many people having to move due to the rising cost of living and many rentals do not accept pets.

“So, there is a huge need for fosters,” said Gallant.

If you are interested in fostering please contact

To meet George, please contact Romany at Okanagan Humane Society 250-862-1794 to inquire.

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