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Lee County Humane Needs Fosters!

Many new dogs have been entering the shelter over the past few weeks, and we need the help of fosters to help clear space for incoming pets. Following the holiday season, shelters nationwide experience an increase in the number of new animals coming into the shelter. That number is expected to be even higher this year due to complications surrounding the pandemic.


How Fosters can Help Us at This Time


We need the help of fosters to help us open up slots for new homeless pets, give our longer-term residents a break from shelter life, and learn more about how our adoptable pets do in a home environment so that we can find the forever home that is best for them. We are incredibly thankful for all of our foster parents, who are integral to our success: fosters played an enormous part in our 95% live release rate for 2020, which was achieved even amid the significant challenges posed by the pandemic.


Many of the pets that fosters can help have already found homes many miles away but are waiting to be transported. Rescue organizations and shelters in northern states often have a greater proportion of adopters to homeless pets, which means that animals can find homes faster instead of waiting for long periods in overcrowded shelters. By partnering with rescues, shelters like LCHS can clear space to take in more local pets in need and help nearby shelters that are running out of kennel space.


Many rescue organizations are entirely foster-based, meaning that the animal will be spending their time at the rescue in a loving home rather than in a shelter kennel when they take in a pet. While LCHS and other shelters do our best to ensure that animals are as happy as possible during their stay with us, a shelter isn't an ideal place for pets to be in the long term. Even fostering for a few days can make a world of difference in the lives of homeless pets.


How to Foster with LCHS


Fostering is a lovely opportunity for people who love animals but whose schedule does not allow them to commit to a pet long-term. Those individuals can foster when they have more time to devote to a pet and can schedule to return foster pets when they become busier, need to travel, etc.