GREENVILLE CO., SC (FOX Caroline) – At this time, Greenville County Animal Care only takes animals with an immediate need.
This is due to a combination of staff shortages, overcrowding in the shelter and high demand for their services.
One way the community can help during this time is to animals in foster care.
“Almost everything that’s available for adoption is also available for foster care,” explained Paula Church, Community Relations Coordinator for Greenville County Animal Care.
With kennels filling up quickly, the shelter is looking for foster families to take in healthier dogs and cats while waiting to be adopted.
“When these animals come in and they take up a lot of space, it takes time away from the animals that really need to be here,” Church said.
People, even businesses, can become nurturing volunteers.
“If we can help them and give them some breathing room in whatever they’re going through, I think that’s a win,” said Boiling Springs Fire District administrative assistant Shelby Alleckson.
The Boiling Springs Fire District has encouraged dogs at each of their fire stations since 2019.
For Greenville County Animal Care, the partnership, and fostering in general, has allowed their dogs and cats to meet more people.
“When we have animals in foster homes, they can expose that animal to a whole new population of people who might never have visited a shelter,” Church said.
For the fire district, dogs like Dawn, 8, at Station 12, also give back to firefighters as they work their 48-hour shifts.
“They don’t see their family all that time, so having a pet at the station is good for the mental health of our employees,” Alleckson said.
For those interested in becoming a foster parent, membership in the program is free, as Animal Care provides food, medical coverage, and more.
All you have to provide is time and love.
About 50 animals currently at the shelter can be accommodated, including about 50 already in foster families.
There is a wide variety of animals that can be fostered and a long period of time that you can be fostered for.
Ultimately, the goal is to give every animal a forever home.