November 9, 2013
The Albemarle-Charlottesville SPCA is hoping to get a few new people to become foster families for animals in their shelter.
On Saturday, the group held a one-hour session focused on what goes into fostering dogs and cats that need homes at the shelter.
Some animals that come into the SPCA are sick or need more care than normal. Because of the limited staff and large number of animals, not all of them get as much attention as they could in a home.
Foster families can help by giving those animals love or getting them used to living with people.
“It also allows us to find out how an animal can do in a home,” says Laura Jones, the foster, rescue and lost & found coordinator for the SPCA. “This is a very different environment than a home environment, so maybe we can offer more information for adopters.”
“It's lifesaving from a medical standpoint and a behavior standpoint,” says Jones. “It lets animals have a safe place to be themselves, heal and learn what humans are like.”
Saturday’s event was the first official foster training for the SPCA.