Las Cruces, NM – The Humane Society of Southern New Mexico and several other local animal shelters in the area have foster programs for animals in need of temporary care.
Foster care is done by volunteers who take animals temporarily from the shelter into their homes to administer care and necessary treatment.
President of the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico Frank Bryce says their foster program has two primary foster participants and about a dozen private homes that participate, but many more are needed.
Bryce-"These are generally last minute foster emergency, someone going into the hospital or someone has passed away and there is no place for the animal to go. There is an overwhelming number of unwanted or homeless animals because of the economy and lack of responsibility by the pet owners. "
According to the humane society, since April 2008, they have placed more than 290 cats and dogs into new and caring homes, but even more could be done with help and resources.
Bryce says the process to get involved in foster care involves a bit of paperwork, some counseling and training followed by a home inspection. For more information visit hssnm.org