Animal foster care programs engage the pet-loving community in helping to save homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. People who become foster volunteers provide a home-between-homes for pets in shelters or with rescue groups. These lifesaving programs can benefit animals in a variety of situations — from newborn kittens to pets recovering from injuries or needing some extra socialization. Foster homes can also do wonders for pets who don’t thrive or show well in a shelter.
Saving the life of a dog or cat is easier than you think. “You can do it!” Every day, we say those four magical words to people around the country who want to help animals in need but are unsure of their abilities. With some friendly encouragement and guidance, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
Elaine Johnson-Craig could easily be mistaken for Superwoman, minus the cape. As a member of the board of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, a small, private nonprofit animal shelter in Clifton, Colorado, Johnson-Craig wears many hats: fundraiser, event organizer, dog and cat wrangler at adoption fairs, public speaker, animal transporter, chief bottle washer, you name it. No job is too big or too small for Johnson-Craig to take on.