Bring home a foster dog for Christmas

Hogan is one of many dogs available to be fostered this Christmas. Photo courtesy of the Peace Regional SPCA.

Susan Thompson
South Peace News

Are you in a giving mood and looking for a way to help a worthy cause from the comfort of your own home?

Consider giving a shelter dog the gift of a family Christmas while also giving the staff at the Peace Regional SPCA a much-needed break.

Every year, the SPCA seeks temporary holiday foster homes for their shelter animals.

“Our main purpose for fostering out our residents during Christmas is to ease up the cleaning process for our staff so that we can go home and enjoy Christmas with our families,” says manager Michelle Waites.

However, it’s also a wonderful experience for the animals themselves, some of whom have never been outside of the shelter walls.

“We see a lot of positivity when our pets go into foster!” says Waites.

“It gives our residents a break from the shelter life, where they are stuck in a kennel day in and day out until they find their forever home, which can sometimes take months or years.”

This year, foster families can take a dog home as early as Dec. 20 and until the New Year, with flexible dates working with your schedule.

Who knows, you may even find that your temporary foster pet becomes a full member of your family.

“In some years, the foster homes turned into what we call ‘foster fails’ and the families fell in love and ended up adopting the animals,” says Waites.

Foster applications must be completed and approved before fostering a shelter animal.

“We have had a great number of foster applicants this year and we are so thrilled to see some of our residents spend the holidays with families that will give them all the love they deserve!” Waites says.

If you are interested in welcoming a shelter animal into your home this holiday season, call the SPCA at [780] 624-3633.

If you are unable to foster an animal, the shelter could also use donations such as dog food, cat food, cat litter, cleaning supplies and medical supplies among other useful donations like gift cards.

Isn’t this a face you can fall in love with? Piper is available to be fostered this Christmas. Photo courtesy of the Peace Regional SPCA.

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