Houston, TX – Spring is in the air, and kitten season (and puppy season) is upon us in the south. For those who do not regularly volunteer for shelters or a rescue group, you may not know that shelters and rescue groups who are generally full, are bursting at the seams this time of year. So, this is my plea to please consider becoming a foster parent for a shelter or rescue group in Houston. If you do, you could come home to the kind of cuteness in this picture* every single day….. or for as long as you like.
Becoming a foster parent is really easy way to save lives. Most kill shelters (we have five in Houston killing 80,000 animals per year) will not hold a nursing mother dog or cat and her young until they are weaned. Also, kill shelters will also not hold puppies and kittens that come in without their mother, if they cannot eat on their own. If babies are too young to be adopted, they need to get to a rescue group or to a foster home immediately or they will be killed. This is why you are so urgently needed.
Over the last few years, I have fostered more cats and litters of kittens than I can count. Some were ready for adoption immediately and some stayed with me for a few weeks. It is generally pretty easy “work”. If you have a quiet spot like a spare bathroom, spare bedroom, or laundry room, some old towels to make a bed and some cat or dog food, you are pretty much set. Usually the mommy cat or dog does most of the work for the babies. Also, usually the rescue groups will provide any needed medication or vaccinations and some rescue groups even provide food for the foster animals. They stay in your home temporarily and once the babies are big enough to be spayed or neutered, they are ready to be adopted.
If you are located in Houston, some of the wonderful No Kill rescue groups in the area are linked on No Kill Houston’s website. Not all of them are listed though, so you can also search www.PetFinder.com by zip code to find rescue groups near you. Every time that someone like you fosters an animal, it creates a space so the rescue group can another pull another animal from a kill shelters, saving more lives.
Please reach out to a rescue groups and offer your home to a homeless pet or little family. The rewards you will receive in return are priceless.
Other easy ways to help save lives:
* If you don’t have room in your home to house a foster pet, please volunteer to help out at a rescue group’s adoption events. Rescue groups constantly need people to help show these little beauties off so they can get adopted into loving homes. Even once a month or so would help these wonderful groups.
* If you can’t foster or volunteer (or even if you can), please sign the petition asking Mayor Parker to keep her promises to make Houston a No Kill city. Four cities in Texas have done it and so can Houston.
* Get involved in the political process and vote for politicians who will pass laws that save lives. Harris County and Texas has elections this year. The primary election is in May and regular election is in November. If you are not registered to vote, you have until April 30th to register if you want to vote in the May Primary election.
C’mon Houston, I know we can do it!
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*This little cutie was spotted in a field in Houston when he was only a few weeks old. Word went out that there was a little kitten alone in the field, so a friend went to the field and searched until she found him. He was almost a goner, but he is doing great now after a little TLC. I got the opportunity to babysit him last year while his “mom” went on a business trip. It is so much fun taking care of these little guys!