WPHS Foster Wish Fulfilled!

 The Pittsburgh Foundation grants WPHS Foster Support Wish!
Can you be a WPHS Foster Family?

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is included in the 2011 Wish Book with The Pittsburgh Foundation…and our wish has been filled by a generous donor who made a gift  of $2,500! Our fulfilled wish supports medicines for pets in WPHS foster homes!  Please join us in thanking The Pittsburgh Foundation and the wonderful donor for this support.

This support is very important to our pets; while our wish for this financial support benefiting pets in foster care is granted we urgently need foster families to help.   During ‘Kitten Season’ – the spring & summer months – WPHS receives approximately 50 cats and kittens every day.

The Western PA Humane Society operates as an open door shelter. This means we take in every homeless, unwanted animal brought to us, every day.  As a result we manage issues like space, nursing mothers,  very young litters, and ill or negllected pets, especially in the spring and summer.

Spring and summer sees an upsurge in kittens and puppies, as well as nursing mothers. Volunteer foster homes willing to help raise these young pets do the shelter an incredible service.  Fostering provides special care to pets like these especially because they must be a certain weight before spay & neuter, vaccination and adoption.  Additionally, foster homes allow the babies to be just that.  A home has more space for these little friends to run and play.   Because these precious little ones are living in a home they have happier start to their lives.

 The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society always supplies medical support and supplies for pets in foster care. The standard foster time is 10 – 14 days, although some cases may require more time.  Eventually the babies must be returned to the shelter so they can be prepared for adoption, but there is always another pet that needs a foster home.  Keeping pets healthy and happy in WPHS foster homes contributes to successful adoptions into fur-ever homes.

Foster families provide valuable support to WPHS and our pets.  Our foster families also have the happy reward that a loving pet gives back.  Our adorable, adoptable pets give joy and love to their foster families just as generously as our volunteers and donors give to WPHS.

If you think fostering is for you, visit our Foster For Us  pages for more information including contact information, foster requirements and training.

by Larissa Gula

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