911FosterPets Connects At-Risk Pets and Temporary Foster Homes
It’s a fact: hundreds of cats and dogs are euthanized at overcrowded shelters because they do not have the space to keep these animals. Betsy Saul, founder of PetFinder, took action by creating a website that finds temporary foster homes for animals who need immediate help.
“While we have found over 25 million forever homes for adoptable pets at PetFinder, pets’ lives are still being lost daily purely due to lack of space or unrealistic time limits on length of stay at a shelter,” says Saul. ” I am still haunted by some of the special souls I met along the way that just needed extra time to find homes. Our new website, 911fosterpets.com, will be dedicated to finding short-term foster families for these urgent animals.”
Many people don’t realize that some dogs only require a few days in a stable home, a safe haven, before they are adopted by their forever family. Helping Saul in the good fight are Eric and Traci Theis, and Eric says most of these animals don’t need much time in order to be adopted or taken in by a rescue group – sometimes they stay less than a week at the foster pet parent’s home.
“I have to believe if people knew they could save a puppy or kitten’s life by letting it stay with them for a few days, they would act now to save them. We are providing that platform,” says Theis.
Most of the animals on their website need urgent help, which means they are scheduled to be destroyed in 72 days or less. Foster families can search the pets in need in their neighborhood through the user-friendly website. They can also cater their search by length of time they can foster a pet, which starts with less than one week. Once the foster family sees a pet they would like to help, they simply click the foster button and are connected to the shelter where the animal is housed. Users can also sign up to be notified of when new pets in their communities are posted.
Traci Theis says that this website will only work “if caring people step up and provide short-term shelter for these urgent pets. We’re confident that there are thousands of people who want to make a tangible difference in pets’ lives but cannot make a long-term commitment. Now they will have an opportunity.”
To learn more about the website and foster a pet who needs your help, head over to 911fosterpets.com.
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