You Can Do It! Foster…and Save a Life!

What is a Foster Parent?

A foster parent provides a temporary home for kittens, puppies,dogs, cats, or other animals in need. The length of fostering can vary from a few days to several months depending on the amount of care or behavioral modification that is needed. The devotion and care given during this time allows the animal a second chance to be adopted by a loving home. The rewards of being a foster parent are many. They include offering an animal a second chance and the added benefit of receiving the love and attention right back from the animal you nurture.

Why are Foster Parents Needed? Temporary foster families are needed for a variety of reasons. The three most common reasons are:

Limited shelter space—The number of animals received at a shelter is sometimes overwhelming and adequate housing is not available. Foster homes provide shelters with an additional option until a space becomes available.Treatment and care after an illness or injury—Foster parents provide sick and injured animals with the additional time,medication,and space they need to recover. This may include time to recover from emotional, fear, or stress based situations that the animal may have encountered in the past.

Extremely young animals—Young animals, such as kittens and puppies, which are not yet weaned, require special attention. One of the greatest rewards of nurturing these young animals is knowing that you are giving them a great start in life.

Without the additional time and care provided by temporary foster families, many of the animals that fall into the above three categories would be euthanized.


My Rescue Dog is Smarter than your Honor Student!

I like to consider myself a bit of a “Tour Guide” for pet adoption. I can tell you pretty much any and everything about most of the Animal Rescue Groups in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. I have made it my mission to have as much information as possible, so I can help save lives and educate the locals on the resources available to them.

Ok class pay very close attention…today I will be focusing on “Sarasota County Animal Services” or the POUND as some of you like to call it. We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful place for our (strays) or owner give-ups to go. First and foremost SCAS belongs to you…. SARASOTANS, our tax dollars pay for this amazing facility.

What people don’t understand is that SCAS must take any and all animals that come through their doors; strays, cruelty cases, owner give-ups(and there have certainly been more than I care to think about as of late). They don’t have the LUXURY of turning pets away when they’re busting at the seams. Just to clarify, ALL other rescues in Sarasota, DO have that luxury, they can say yes or no whenever they choose. The reason being, they are privately funded. AGAIN, SCAS is a County run shelter. BIG DIFFERENCE!!

Today there are over 37 dogs and 60 cats being housed at SCAS, the shelter is literally overflowing. If anyone is interested in adopting a pet…PLEASE go out to SCAS. I promise this is a beautiful facility, not dismal or depressing. In fact, I encourage you to come out and volunteer your time and walk some dogs or cuddle some cats. I love going out there, it’s very serene and you get quite the work out walking the dogs. It’s also a great family affair, SCAS is very children friendly, as long is there is someone over 18 to supervise.

So what did we learn today? Get your booty’s over to SCAS and ADOPT a shelter pet or volunteer your time, or you don’t get to pass my class!

Sarasota County Animal Services
8451 Bee Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL 34241-6302
(941) 861-9500
Adoption Hours

If you would like to adopt an animal, or volunteer your time….
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon – 2 p.m.

Peace and Pet Love!