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Foster homes needed for shelter animals

March 02, 2013

The Humane Society of Washington County is seeking foster homes for cats and dogs at the shelter.

“Foster families provide much needed TLC for animals that may be in need of some extra help to become adoptable,” said Michael Lausen, executive director of the shelter.  “The benefits to the animals and the foster families are tremendous.” 

Animals needing foster care are special needs animals, nursing mothers with litters, kittens less than two pounds and or eight weeks of age and puppies less than eight weeks of age, animals recovering from illness, surgery or injuries and animals waiting to be transported to a rescue organization.

Foster families will receive all the necessary tools to provide the much needed special attention for the animals. Food, medications (if required), litter and other animal items will accompany the foster animal. The shelter will oversee all medical needs for the animals in their care.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster for a shelter animal should call the shelter at 301-733-2060, ext. 3.

“The community has always been extremely helpful and we are hoping they will see the benefits of fostering,” Lausen said. 

Benefits of being a foster parent are unlimited kisses and tail wags, the knowledge that they are improving the adoption potential of a shelter animal, the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to make a real difference in the lives of the animals they foster.

The shelter is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. 

For more information, go to www.hswcd.org.

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