Every spring, municipal animal shelters, private rescues, and veterinarian clinics are inundated with calls for help with hundreds of litters of kittens born to stray and feral cats. Since January 1, Richmond Animal League has taken in 442 kittens and 161 adult cats from municipal animal control facilities and private citizens. While many have been adopted, hundreds of kittens and cats have filled all of the current RAL foster homes while calls for help have not slowed down. Requests from animal control facilities are coming every day. Many times, if rescues like RAL do not have space to take kittens and cats, the animals will be euthanized at the municipal shelters. To prevent that from happening, a desperate plea for fosters is being issued.
Fosters allow Richmond Animal League to pull animals to safety even when RAL’s facility is full. Fosters agree to temporarily house and care for homeless pets until there is space for them to come into the shelter for adoption. RAL’s team of fosters has enabled the organization to save more lives than they ever could relying on the space inside their walls. But now RAL is asking for new fosters so that no more kittens are euthanized. Amy McCracken, Executive Director, explained the urgent need. “Whenever we are faced with having to turn away animals for space, we know that they are in danger. We usually put a call out for foster homes on our Facebook page. With over 7,400 fans on our page, we’ve had great success recruiting fosters. But we seem to have tapped out our available circle of fosters. We need to look outside of that circle in order to save the lives of the kittens and cats who are relying on us.”
New fosters are given instruction, supplies, and guidance about fostering. It is a temporary situation that makes a permanent difference in the life of a homeless pet. If you are interested in finding out more about fostering, please contact Cynthia Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at http://www.ral.org/index.php/how_to_help/foster/