Foster a friend for Christmas this year
IF CHRISTMAS is looking quiet and you are in need of a friend to help brighten the season, why not foster Man’s best friend from Paws and Claws.
The program to foster dogs is a great way to figure out whether a pet will suit your life and home and if you decide that it might not work out, you can give them back at the end of the fostering program.
And if you think your life will be better with a pet dog or cat then you can speak with Manager Bianca Maguire about an adoption.
“If they’re looking to get a pet, this is always a good start up to decide whether they actually do want to get a pet and taking puppies on or even adult dogs it is a big responsibility,” she said.
“Dogs are a big responsibility and we want to minimise animals being put down, dumped or surrendered into refuges.
“People need to be aware taking on an animal is part of the family, not just property and fostering an animal gives them a better idea of something they want to do in the long term.”
The program is to foster dogs only, because cats take longer to adjust to their new surroundings and can get stressed.
“Never give an animal as a present, even if they expressed getting a cat or dog - they want to choose one they like and not what you like, an animal they’ll click with and not one you’ve clicked with,” Bianca said.
The best option for Christmas is fostering a pet and to get involved you need to sign up as a Paw Buddy and make sure your yard complies with council regulations - fenced and only two animals per yard.
For more information on the foster a dog program and about adopting a pet, volunteering and donating food and goods to the shelter, contact Paws and Claws on 4098 5721.
Looking for a home: Katrina Horne with one of the dogs up for adoption