Foster care homes sought for kittens
January 22, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – El Dorado County Animal Services is looking for individuals who would like to provide foster care in their homes for abandoned and adoptable animals.
“We especially need foster care homes for kittens,” said Tonya Ruffner, Shelter Supervisor for Animal Services. “Kitten season is right around the corner. We are already seeing an increase in mother cats and babies coming in to our shelter.”
Animal foster families serve as volunteers who offer temporary, loving care in their homes while a permanent home is being sought for the animals. The commitment to care for the animals usually lasts for two to three weeks. Animal Services provides all of the supplies needed for the animals during the foster care stay, and staff are available for consultation.
According to Ruffner, newborn kittens can require some extra care and time. Foster families are usually asked to take both the mother cat and all of her babies, Ruffner said. For very young kittens, the commitment can last up to four to six weeks. Occasionally kittens are brought to the shelter without a mother.
“Caring for the kittens in our foster care program is definitely a lot of work, but our volunteers say it is a very rewarding experience,” Ruffner said. “Anyone who loves animals should definitely give us a call.”
For more information call (530) 573-7925 in South Lake Tahoe or visit http://www.edcgov.us/animalservices.