While the Hall County Animal Shelter has about 20 fosters, shelter staff are looking for about 80 more for the program, which prepares pets for adoption.
Fosters bring shelter pets home with them, giving the pets the opportunity to socialize while freeing up space at the shelter. The shelter provides fosters with all the necessary supplies, so being a foster doesn’t come with a cost.
"It's really a win-win for everyone. The animal gets to spend some time in a loving home, the foster gets to love on a four-legged friend, and shelter staff have a little extra space for other animals in need," Stephanie List, Hall County animal services program coordinator, said in a statement.
Amanda Dean, one of the shelter’s fosters and volunteers, said she has enjoyed the experience.
“It’s rewarding just on the surface because you get to play, interact with and love on baby animals, and there’s not much better in the world,” Dean said in a statement.
She also decided to foster to help with overcrowding at the shelter, she said.
“You have the opportunity to help save lives. You save not only the animals who come into your home as fosters,” Dean said. “The shelter, especially this time of year, gets crowded, and when you take the animals home with you, you actually free up a spot for another animal in need.”
Shelter staff work with fosters to find a pet that matches up with their home and lifestyle.
“Maybe you’re not the person who wants to wake up every two hours to bottle feed kittens. Maybe you have some love and some space where you can bring in a dog or a cat for a short period of time,” Dean said.
Fosters are subject to a background check and home inspection.
Fosters can contact the shelter at 678-450-1587, or visit at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.