Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Short Term DC Cat Fosters, please?

I usually try not to post from work because I respect my employer.

However...my shelter, Washington Humane Society, just took in 20 cats from an eviction. It's kitten season and we just got 20 more cats. We're open access, not no kill. Do you start to guess why I'm breaking my "don't post during work hours" rule?

WHS is looking for short-term fosters asap. You would not be fostering one of the new 20, we're holding those in the shelter for 7 days before even considering putting them in foster care. You'd have one of the 20 we need to move from the shelter to make room for those new cats. I love my shelter for being open access and for trying to desperately hard to find fosters when situations get tight like this.

Here is their blog entry about it: http://washhumane.typepad.com/blog/2010/06/feline-fosters-needed-asap.html

The coordinator has said that she's willing to "deputize" fosters because the need is so great right now. Please, if you're in the area and aren't already fostering, think about it. If you're unable to take any in (fostering, out of area, allergic, I respect your reasons), talk to your friends in the DC area, please. I can't take any with Toby still healing (vet said one reason for his thing might have been stress, like one commenter said) and Keen the way he is and it being a studio apartment but I have to at least go and ask people for help.

I'm certain that enough foster homes can be found if people just keep passing the word.


HubbleSpacePaws said...

Will do Caroline! And to any readers, fostering is just the best... do consider it!

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Ooops... so sorry I Bethany! For some reason my brain burped and I thought I was on Catsonsville Cats. Duhhhhhh!!!! Old brain!

Same holds to readers, though!! :-)

Sierra said...

I'm saying prayers and am talking to friends to see if THEY have any friends in the area who might be able to help out. Right now, I think that's all I can do. I wish I could do more...

Bethany said...

No worries, Hubble, I've done the same thing. Thanks for encouraging people :)
And Sierra, prayers are awesome. Seriously, thank you.

Webbthistle said...

Thanks for posting this - I just picked up two adult cats - buddies and they are ensconced in my guest room now. Sweet kitties! I know I am going to enjoy their time here and I hope they will have fun on their 'vacation' too. Please-if anyone else can help, get in touch with the Wash. Humane Society - they still need short term fosters for cats and kittens!!!