Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo in ‘urgent need’ of foster families

WATERLOO REGION — The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is calling on anyone thinking about fostering a rescued or surrendered pet to step forward.

“We are in urgent need of fosters,” said Anya Barradas, spokesperson for the organization.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a reduction of staff and volunteers at the organization’s centres. Adoptions are still happening, but only “fast trackers” — kittens, puppies or unique breeds that quickly go up for adoption after they arrive — are kept at these shelters.

All other animals are moved into foster care once they’re cleared by the medical team. The problem is there isn’t enough foster families to take them.

In July, there were close to 100 families fostering animals on a regular basis. At that point in the pandemic, many people were sticking close to home.

But now that the province has opened up a bit more, the number of foster families has dropped significantly. There are now 70 families in the program.

“If it wasn’t for covid, 70 foster families would have been a great number for us to have,” Barradas said. In pre-covid times, foster families would only care for those animals that are too sick or too young to be put up for adoption.

“Under these circumstances (during the pandemic), a drop of 30 foster families is significant. The more foster families we’re able to recruit, the more animals we’re able to care for.”

Anyone over 18 and interested in becoming a foster volunteer can learn more online at

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