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Erie SPCA seeking feline foster care families

by jmaloni
Fri, Jun 8th 2012 07:00 am

The SPCA Serving Erie County is seeking individuals and families to become foster care "parents" for cats and kittens, along with other animals requiring temporary homes when shelter cages are full.

"Our foster program can use families to house all types of animals ... dogs, rabbits, small animals ... but there is a particular need at this time of year for feline foster families," says SPCA Foster Care Coordinator Julie Ruppel. "In mid-May, nearly 400 cats and kittens are already in foster homes. That number will continue to grow all spring and summer long."

SPCA foster care volunteers are responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of cats, kittens, and other animals surrendered to the SPCA when shelter cages are full at the Tonawanda shelter, off-site locations, the Eastern Hills Mall location, Walden Galleria adoption site, and on the Whisker Wag'n.

Animals entered into the foster program are those that are too young to be placed for adoption, pregnant, recovering from an illness/injury, or surrendered when there are no cages available at any SPCA location.

The SPCA covers any expense incurred during the foster term, including pet food, veterinary care, and animal-related supplies. Individuals, families, occupants of religious communities, senior centers, and other residential organizations can become foster care volunteers, caring for their pets for a length of time dependent on the individual animal's condition and shelter population. When the foster pet is ready to go up for adoption, the foster care individual or family has the first option to adopt.

To learn more about being a foster care volunteer, contact Ruppel at the SPCA by calling 629-3509. For further details, visit the SPCA's website at http://www.yourspca.org.

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