Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays
Participate in Petfinder’s First-Ever Foster a Lonely Pet Program
Inspired by the book A Dog Named Christmas, by Greg Kincaid, Petfinder has introduced the Foster a Lonely Pet program.
A Dog Named Christmas is about a developmentally challenged young man who, in spite of objections from his father, decides to foster a dog from a local animal shelter during the holidays. His relationship with the dog, a yellow Labrador Retriever he names Christmas, influences others in the community to open their hearts and homes to animals in need. And his bond with Christmas changes perceptions that others have about him and his capabilities.
Motivated by this inspiring story, Petfinder is working with a network of thousands of shelters and rescue groups across the United States to give families an opportunity to share their homes with an adoptable dog or cat during this holiday season.
Fostering a shelter animal for the holidays is a great idea for so many reasons.
- It could give the dog or cat a chance to spend the holidays in a loving home during the holidays instead of in a crate at the shelter. Animal shelters are often overflowing and understaffed during the holidays.
- It could provide a break for someone, like my friend Valerie with Animal Friends Society (a program participant), who is currently fostering a number of animals.
- If you are thinking of adopting a dog or cat, fostering one for the holidays could provide you with a chance to see how a pet will fit with your family and lifestyle.
- It is a good deed, and those are just worth doing anytime, but especially during the holiday season.
Fostering an animal through the Foster a Lonely Pet program is not a forever commitment. You may choose to provide a loving and safe environment for a lonely animal for a few days or for the entire holiday season through the New Year.
Go to Petfinder.com to locate a shelter or rescue organization in your local area and celebrate the holidays in the company of an animal who needs you.
Incidentally, the aforementioned Valerie was our Lucy’s foster mom before we brought Lucy to her forever home. Lucy still remembers Valerie and has plenty of love for her former foster mom whenever we see her. So, even though fostering a shelter animal is not necessarily a permanent commitment, it is certainly possible to build a permanent bond with an animal through fostering.