Archive for Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Humane Society in need of foster homes for animals

November 25, 2009

The Leavenworth County Humane Society is calling out to the community for help.

The humane society is trying to round up families that are willing to foster pets through the organization until they are adopted.

“Building a network of foster homes is key to our efforts to achieve (a no-kill zone) throughout the county,” humane society director Crystal Swann Blackdeer said.

After the appropriate paperwork has been completed, foster homes are approved through the humane society. Someone from the humane society will go to a potential foster home to achieve approval, which Blackdeer says is not a test but a determination of what is best for the family.

“We approve foster homes based on a home visit that we do, not to inspect the home so much as to see the home and agree with the interested people what kinds of animals might best fit into their home situation and lifestyle,” she said. “We don't want to ask people to take on more than what they realistically can handle, and we always want to place animals in the best situation possible that will lead to a forever adoption.”

The humane society will pay for the family’s state foster license associating the home with LCHS, along with some additional one-time and monthly costs.

“We also pay for initial veterinary assessment and whatever the animal needs to start out healthy in that foster home, whether it's just vaccinations and a microchip, spay or neuter, or care for a treatable injury or illness,” Blackdeer said. “We provide the monthly preventative medications to make sure the dogs don't get heartworms and the dogs and cats stay free of fleas and ticks.”

Pets may be with their foster families for as little as a few weeks or as long as a year, depending on the adoption rate.

LCHS will begin monthly adoption events in January at Feldman’s Farm and Home Center, 430 N. 130th St., in Bonner Springs, at which foster animals will be showcased and, with hope, placed in permanent homes.

Foster families will have to commit to bringing their animals to these events or making them available to LCHS to transport to give the cats and dogs the best possible chance of being adopted.

Those interested in taking in foster pets can contact the Leavenworth County Humane Society at (913) 728-2881 or go to lchsinc.org, where the foster forms are available under services, foster and adoption.

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