Anyone with room and a kind heart to take in adoptable animals? There are bunnies, cats, dogs, kittens and puppies and even mice looking for happy homes for the holidays. The SPCA is looking for about 100 foster homes in which to place animals while most hard working shelter staff and volunteers take a break over Christmas. “A Home 4 the Holidays” runs from December 23 to January 4.
Branch manager Jeannine Woodhouse said that last year about half of the adoptive families ended up keeping the animals placed in their homes. “This is the third year we’ve run the program and it is very successful. Christmas is a very busy time of year for many families. It’s not a s suitable time to adopt pets if there is going to be a lot of people in the house for the holidays. We screen for good homes that can provide the right environment for the animal of their choice.”
Presently there are 22 bunnies looking for homes, she said. Resident animals in foster homes must be spayed or neutered with current shots. “We have a regular list of foster homes for animals during the year who take in animals needing special care or attention. But this is just for over the holidays. It’s nice for staff to have more time with the remaining animals. And it gives us a chance to power clean our shelter. There are still some animals remaining like court placements and unadoptable animals. We never send an aggressive dog out for placement for example during our “Home 4 the Holidays” program.
Woodhouse said the seasonal program is also good for the foster homes because it gives foster “parents” pleasure and company over the holidays. “Sometimes college or university students who don’t go home for the holidays offer good homes for a couple of weeks. We like the animals to have a quiet environment. Screening will take place between December 1 and 14 with pick-ups scheduled for December 21 to 23.
Applicants can apply at the SPCA shelter at 4011 Lansdowne Road or on-line at www.spca.bc.ca/community/volunteer_foster.asp#form. Call 562-55ll before December 14 for more information.