Originally Published: November 29, 2016 4 a.m.
The holidays can be a wonderful time to slow our pace, renew friendships and family connections and extend a hand to others less fortunate.
But for those of us invested in animal rescue, it can also be a mixed bag.
Typically our adoptions slow down as folks get more involved in holiday commitments, our access to overflow boarding is severely restricted as more people need that boarding space for their own pets, and our own fosters are often on the road and unavailable to foster.
Unfortunately, the needs of homeless pets do not take the same break. And sadly, the reservation shelter from which we pull dogs and cats continues to overflow with puppies, kittens and adult animals.
But this can provide a short-term fostering opportunity for your family. What a spectacular lesson this offers to older kids and adults alike; nurturing a dog or cat and getting them back on their feet, ready for their permanent home. Fostering has shown me the tremendous rewards of loving and giving an animal wings to a new life.
If you are going to be home for the holidays, it is a fun way to get to know a pet without the long-term commitment. And here is the deal ... we work with you to match a dog or cat to your family situation, you keep it until the end of the year when our fosters and boarding access become available again, or until they get adopted if you so choose, and the pets get one heck of a deal to boot.
United Animal Friends can provide the food and always provides the medical and training support while you provide the love, care and attention a pet needs to regain their confidence or recuperate from basic medical care like spay-neuter. If you want to learn more, email me at email@example.com and we can start the matchmaking process if you choose to do so.
All of us at UAF send a heartfelt thank you to this community for their generous support of the hard-working rescue groups. We could not do this without your involvement and financial support. We hope your holidays are warm and, if you are in the position to do so, “fuzzy” with a new short-term pet in need.
Toby Frost has been involved in horse/dog/cat rescue since the mid-1990s. She is one of a dedicated group of volunteers who helped start United Animal Friends in 2002 and has served as president of UAF since 2010.