PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima Animal Care Center's busy season has arrived and with two to three dogs to a kennel, shelter staff call upon community members to become first-time foster parents to senior pets, who are the least demanding, easiest to care for and most loving.
As the community's only open-admission shelter, PACC takes in thousands of pets each year and helps place them into loving new homes, but relies on the community's support to make it happen. Foster parents not only free up kennel space, but also give pets time to reenergize and become more appealing to adopters when they return.
Although PACC offers foster placements for all types of pets, shelter staff recommend first-time foster parents take home a senior pet.
"Aside from being the most mellow pets, our seniors are easier to train and they'll look forward to relaxing and having down time just as much as you do," said PACC Foster Coordinator Rosio Reyes. "And if you foster a senior hospice pet, you'll feel great knowing you gave that pet a chance to live out the rest of its life feeling loved and cared for."
Senior pets tend to be among the less-adopted pets in the shelter and the ones most likely to experience stress, sadness and fear in a crowded setting. Foster placements help them unwind and make it easier to find them a forever family.
To become a foster parent, visit PACC's shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, between noon – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A shelter staff member can help you meet your match and you'll get to take the pet home that same day. All you need is your ID.
To help make the foster experience successful, PACC gives fosters training materials and support from a team of dedicated foster coordinators who ensure pets stay healthy and safe. Additionally, the shelter provides all medical supplies, should pets need medications, and veterinary care at PACC's campus.
Foster placements can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. PACC leaves it up to the foster parent to decide.
In addition to senior pets, PACC needs foster volunteers to help care for animals who require medical care (i.e., recovering from surgery, illnesses, or similar), kittens and puppies too young to live in the shelter, pregnant dogs and cats, and medium to large-sized dogs.
If you're interested in fostering a pet and need more information about PACC's foster care program, email a foster care coordinator at email@example.com or visit the shelter.