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PAWS in desperate need of foster families

PAWS in desperate need of foster families

by Susan Wyatt


Posted on August 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 20 at 4:00 PM

Can you open your home to a kitten or two? PAWS is in desperate need of foster homes for more than 100 kittens.

PAWS says the kittens are coming from all over the state, primarily from shelters that have run out of space and options.

“We have a large network of foster care volunteers, so typically we’re able to help close the gap between the smaller shelters and ourselves,” says Rebecca Oertel, PAWS Foster Care Coordinator.

But this year the numbers are getting large, even for PAWS.

“We need more foster care families,” says Oertel. “As much as we’d love to all of them to be adopted today, what we really need are temporary homes.”

Usually, foster care volunteers need to go through two different orientation and training sessions, but because the need is so great, Oertel is combining the sessions in hopes of bringing in more volunteers.

“We have one three-hour training session, and we’ll have you ready to go,” she said.

According to Oertel, fostering takes anywhere from two to six weeks. Foster families just need to provide a warm home, food and lots of love. PAWS will provide all medical care, and any medicines your foster may need during their stay.

Last year, the PAWS Foster Care Program saved the lives of nearly 1,300 cats and dogs. This year, that number is likely to be lot higher.

To help with this foster emergency, call PAWS Foster Care Program at 425.787.2500 ext. 822.