SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Peak kitten and puppy season is here in southwest Missouri. The Southwest Missouri Humane Society needs help with taking in pets.
Katie Newcomb, Marketing Manager for the Southwest Missouri Humane Society, said being a foster parent for a cat or dog can quite literally save their lives. Newcomb said this time of year, many strays come in pregnant, and the humane society can’t hold every animal, sometimes having to make room in hallways and bathrooms.
One Foster parent, Erin McClelland, said helping an animal can change your life.
”It’s kind of like I’m giving back,” said McClelland. “Somebody took my animal in, which changed their life, and I want to help change other animals’ lives and see them go to a loving home. There’s literally nothing like it. It’s the best thing in the world.”
McClelland said fostering helps animals immensely.
“To give them a shot,” said McClelland. “Just because foster homes can really be the difference between life and death sometimes.”
Newcomb said they are swamped with new kittens and puppies.
“It’s just a matter of how full, so we can hold up to 300 in our shelter,” said Newcomb. “That doesn’t include our offices and bathrooms, and I can tell you, we usually have them in there.”
Newcomb also said you could foster for however long you can.
“Let us know what you’re interested in helping with, what you can handle, and when that comes up, it’s not a matter of if, but when that comes up, we’ll definitely consider your application and try to get you an animal,” said Newcomb.
McClelland said fostering animals is worth it for the joy it gives them.
“It’s so rewarding because it’s rough out here,” said McClelland. “So it’s so nice to see you were part of the process to help change a life.”
If you want to sign up to be a foster parent for even just a few days, you can come to their building in North Springfield: 3161 W Norton Rd, Springfield, MO 65803, and call (417) 833-2526.
Go to this link to apply: https://www.swh.org/foster.html
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