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Texas Hill Country Shelter Offers Holiday Pet Foster Care Program

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With a goal to completely clear the shelter, get pets to good homes, and give shelter staff a break over the holidays, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) developed a holiday pet foster care program. Hoping that families could spare some room and some love for some form of fur-baby (dog or cat), WCRAS developed the program while considering the care of its more than 200 cats and dogs that come and go from their services. And they’re not the only ones in the Texas Hill Country that have given this gift to animals and humans alike.

Texas Hill Country Shelter Offers Holiday Pet Foster Care Program

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Giving not only the staff but also the shelter animals a bit of a break for the holidays, their concept was a brilliant one, and many other shelters follow suit each year. Just a quick Google search in your vicinity for “pet shelter holiday foster care programs” will drum up a long list of potential facilities that you and your family could work with to provide a temporary home for a needy animal. As is the case with the WCRAS, those looking to foster prior to upcoming holidays would be required to complete a shelter application in advance of those dates and each shelter would establish appropriate and convenient pick-up dates and times. The fostering service would most likely be in effect until just after the New Year’s Day celebrations, when regular shelter operating hours would take effect.

Texas Hill Country Shelter Offers Holiday Pet Foster Care Program

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Such programs exist throughout the year as well, and connecting with Texas Hill Country shelters in your area to reach out and make a temporary home for an animal in need is not as hard as you may think. One cautionary note, however: if you’re prone to quick animal attachment, this may not be the program you want to consider. Full adoption could be the route you would take in this instance, as foster care implies a short-term period for loving and caring for a dog or cat, after which point the animal either returns to the shelter or is perhaps adopted by another family which is all the better for them!

Texas Hill Country Shelter Offers Holiday Pet Foster Care Program

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Another great reason for such a program is that it offers the opportunity for shelter staff to work with the animals that have the most need. Those that aren’t fostered out for one reason or another will get the extra attention that sometimes isn’t as available when the shelters are full and regular hours of operation are in effect. And in the process, many of these animals may find their “forever home.” Pet foster care services often result in the animals becoming adopted, either by the family that fosters, or by friends, relatives, and co-workers that hear of or see pictures of the pet on social media.

Texas Hill Country Shelter Offers Holiday Pet Foster Care Program

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If you feel that fostering a dog or cat is something that your household could accommodate, do some local research into other Texas Hill Country animal shelters and prospective pet foster care programs. Remember that just like people, each of these animals will have their own personalities, and have perhaps been in some very different circumstances, requiring special care and attention. Some will be completely comfortable in your home and around your family members, and others may perhaps be timid and need extra attention. Either way, the gift of warmth and comfort can be given at any time of the year, and not just over the holidays. Varying pet foster care programs can be found throughout the year, assisting shelters and animals simultaneously, and giving you the opportunity to offer love and safety, one pet at a time.

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Hill Country News