August 25, 2010Barkworthy: Pet Foster Network

This post is part of an ongoing series here on phetched called Barkworthy, where we highlight organizations and groups that are doing good things for dogs and dog lovers.

As shelters across our state face massive overcrowding situations, North Carolina’s Pet Foster Network serves an invaluable purpose: they help to connect willing foster families with pups who need a temporary place to stay while they wait for their forever homes. Knowing that every open space in a shelter or rescue saves a life, the Pet Foster Network (based in Raleigh, NC) strives to educate citizens on the crucial role that foster families play and support those who are willing to open their homes to an adoptable pet in need.

For residents of North Carolina, there’s information on the Pet Foster Network web site on how you can sign up to help. For those who don’t live in North Carolina but wish to foster, PFN encourages you to search your ZIP code on Petfinder for local rescues and shelters in search of foster families.

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6 comments

  1. Cat K.’s avatar

    Pet fostering is also fantastic for the forever parent. Our Charlie was fostered for almost a year before we took him home, and it’s great because we knew what his temperament was like in an actual home with actual people and dogs living with him. His foster parents are wonderful, and if I ever have a question about a weird behavior or health thing, they can answer it.

  2. Shauna (Fido & Wino)’s avatar

    What a great idea and a FABULOUS poster! Thank you for sharing this :)

  3. Krazy4Pets’s avatar

    Two paws up. I will spread the word.

  4. phetched’s avatar

    Thanks, guys! :D

    And how awesome to have such great support from Charlie’s foster home, Cat! I’m sure it makes them happy to see him in a great forever home. :D

  5. Two Pitties in the City’s avatar

    What a great idea! So many people don’t know much about fostering, but I think it’s important to communicate that every home opens one more spot.

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