Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in need of 200+ foster parents added to successful Foster Program
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (March 22, 2017) Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest nonprofit animal welfare organization, is looking to add 150 to 200 more foster parents before the end of this June. Currently the League has 157 active foster homes and 17 iFoster volunteers (a program developed for those who are 10-17 years of age).
The League has a very successful Foster Program that aims to help as many animals as possible by providing temporary homes for them. Some animals are newborns, pregnant or nursing, sick, injured, under socialized, or animals that do not enjoy the shelter environment. Sometimes, the League simply doesn't have enough space to house them, however, because of the League's dedicated Foster Volunteers, they are able to help hundreds of animals who need extra care or special attention.
“All of our loving foster volunteers realize the need to help these animals until they are ready to go to their forever home,” said, Shannon Clounts, Foster Care Coordinator at the League, “Including Rick Lancaster, a retiree and his wife Susan, from Palm Springs who are repeat foster parents and most recently agreed to become a dedicated foster for cats with ringworm. Throughout our busiest time, kitten season, many people foster the kittens who range in age from one day old to 10 weeks old by providing a temporary loving home until the cats are ready for adoption. There is also a mother and daughter who became foster parents after seeing a Facebook plea. This South Florida family took in a mother dog with four puppies; nurtured them until the pups were ready for adoption, are ready to foster again and adopted the mother dog themselves!”
“For those who are looking to make a difference and save the lives of animals right here in Palm Beach County, becoming a foster volunteer is truly one of the best things you can do,” said Rich Anderson, Executive Director and CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “There’s a great need for foster homes, especially with kitten season right around the corner here in South Florida. The recent opening of our neonatal kitten nursery, which provides the round-the-clock caring for these newborns, has been a tremendous success; but that also means we need more temporary foster homes for the kittens before they are ready to go to their forever home”, Rich Anderson adds.
For those interested in becoming a Foster Volunteer, below is a list of important information to consider:
- A Foster Volunteer provides a temporary home for dogs and/or cats until they are ready for adoption. Although fostering requires a dedication and commitment, a Foster Volunteer can help the League by providing a loving home to an animal in need for a short-term period of time. The League always has a need for foster homes throughout the year.
- The League will provide all of the supplies you will need to care for the foster animal. This includes medications, follow-up veterinary visits, food, litter, bedding, bowls, crates, collars and leashes. Foster Volunteers are responsible for transportation to and from the shelter for check-ups and medical care.
- Foster Volunteers must be at least 17 years old (or 10-17 to participate in the iFoster Program with parental/guardian consent) and have an adult in the household who will be the primary caregiver. Caregivers must be able to separate the foster animal(s) from their own animal(s) for 14 days since many foster pets have limited immunity. All dogs must be kept on a leash or supervised in an enclosed area when outside. Cats and kittens must be kept inside at all times. NOTE: The Foster Program and other animal facing roles are not available to those seeking to fulfill court appointed hours. No exceptions.
- Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League does give student community service hours for fostering.
To learn more about Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League's Foster Program visit www.Peggy Adams.org/foster.
All programs at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League support the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) goal of saving all adoptable animals in Palm Beach County as the League partners with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s C2Z efforts. In doing so, Peggy Adams serves as the lead private shelter in the Annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event. The 2017 event will be Saturday, September 9th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, Incorporated is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. For more information, visit www.PeggyAdams.org.
The League is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925.