If Memphis Animal Services had a true foster program, they could have residents from Shelby Co provide temporary care for orphaned puppies and kittens (among many other shelter pets) and ultimately MAS could adopt them out when the pets were ready. Foster programs save pets’ lives and strengthen the shelter’s relationship with the community. Many people are unable to commit to a lifetime of care for an additional pet but are very happy to provide temporary care, with veterinary expenses covered by the shelter, for a shelter pet in need. As things stand, MAS has a faux-ster program where applicants are subjected to criminal background checks, “investigative reports”, and credit checks; must pay for vet care on their own; and sign a paper agreeing that the shelter might decide to kill the pets after they return them to MAS.
I’ll put the blog on pause while you all run to sign up.
Oh – everyone still here? For anyone wanting to see what a real foster program looks like, check out how a successful program works in no kill Washoe Co, NV. Compare that to MAS where, instead of fostering out litters of kittens, they pile them into a litterbox…
…and carry them to the kill room.
Memphis, please – stop the killing.