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Memphis Animal Services expands foster program

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (MAS Release) – Memphis Animal Services (MAS) recently announced the expansion of their foster program to make more pets at the shelter eli...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (MAS Release) – Memphis Animal Services (MAS) recently announced the expansion of their foster program to make more pets at the shelter eligible for foster.

A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home or to move to one of MAS’s partner organizations. MAS provides supplies such as food, kennels, etc., as needed and as supplies are available. MAS provides all basic medical care for foster pets and care beyond the basics as resources allow.

Previously MAS’s foster program was limited to kittens under 2 lbs, pets going on a transport, and a very small number of adult dogs.

Now the pets available for foster through MAS include:

• Adult Dogs: Any dog that is legally City of Memphis property and does not have behavior issues is eligible for foster.

• Kittens & Puppies: Some are orphaned and need to be bottle fed, while others are weaned but need to reach 2 lbs. before they can be spayed/neutered and adopted. Others are newborns still with their moms, and the whole family needs a safe, quiet place to stay for Mom to raise and nurse her babies.

• Pets recovering from illness: Some pets need a quiet place to recover from injury or illness such as upper respiratory infections, ringworm, wounds, etc. Pets will be sent home with medications as needed.

• Transport pets: Short term foster homes are needed for pets that are awaiting transport to one of our out-of-town rescue partners. These pets usually need a foster home for 1-4 weeks before transport.

“Every nationally recognized animal welfare organization will tell you that fostering is the future,” said Alexis Pugh, MAS Director. “We as a country are starting to move away from the institutional model of keeping all the homeless pets in a building together, toward a foster model, which is much better for the pets, and MAS is proud to be taking a big step in that direction.”

Foster families’ responsibilities include:

• Providing a safe, clean, caring environment

• Providing food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter

• Providing exercise and socialization as appropriate

• Monitoring any medical and/or behavioral problems

• Transporting to/from veterinary appointments and offsite adoption events as needed

For more information about the foster program, click here.

Anyone interested in fostering can go to the shelter at 2350 Appling City Cove during MAS’s adoption hours (daily from 12 to 4 p.m., plus until 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays).

MAS’s foster program is sustained through grants and donations from individuals. If you would like to help MAS’s foster program but cannot become a foster yourself, you can donate needed items or funds.