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Fostering helps animals prepare for forever homes

The City of Richmond Animal Shelter has a superb staff team and a huge number of volunteers who make life for the animals as loving and caring as possible. Still, no animal wants to be in a shelter. They want to be in a home with a loving family.

Fostering-Image-2That’s why fostering is so important. Fostering reduces overcrowding in the Shelter and allows the animals who are there more individualized attention. Importantly, fostering also allows cats and dogs (and sometimes small mammals, rabbits and other animals) to become socialized, which helps prepare them for a forever home.

At RAPS, we always try to place an animal in a loving, permanent home as quickly as possible. But sometimes there are extenuating circumstances.

Some of our foster animals are elderly or ill animals that may have ongoing medical needs, or even require palliative care. We rely on foster parents to provide a stable home for these animals, with love and attention, a good quality diet, and a commitment to their veterinary needs. We may also require a temporary foster home for an animal who needs some extra TLC before being placed up for adoption. Another situation we come across very frequently (especially in the spring), is our need to foster pregnant cats or orphaned kittens. RAPS relies heavily on our strong network of foster homes dedicated to caring for pregnant cats in order to ensure our kittens get a strong, stable start to life and that their mothers receive all the care they need as well.

Our most recent foster home stepped up to help RAPS when we were surrendered a very pregnant tortie cat named Saya.

Saya settled into her foster home very quickly and, within only a week, she gave birth to five beautiful kittens. All of Saya’s kittens (the “D” litter – Dixie, Dario, Dorito, Dinky, Dobby) are doing very well and Saya is an exceptional mother who tends to their every need. We are very thankful that Saya has received exceptional care while in her foster home and we look forward to watching her raps-fostering-animalskittens grow up.

Other foster animals include Chi Chi, a paralyzed, wheelchair-bound chihuahua who receives amazing care from her family, and Luna, a lovely German Shepherd who is an elderly girl now at the (amazing) age of 15. Luna’s arthritis is managed with a low-dose anti-inflammatory medication, and her foster mom keeps her at a healthy weight to ease the burden on her joints. We are so grateful for the amazing homes and ongoing care and attention that our network of foster families provides to so many animals.

Fostering is a key component of RAPS operations. It is one of the ways that we are able to fulfill our NO-KILL commitment.

Fostering is one of the ways RAPS is able to keep our NO-KILL promise. It is one of the key pillars of the RAPS Model, which includes the new Regional Animal Hospital we are building. With this Animal Hospital in place, we will be able to deliver more care to more animals than ever before.

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