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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Love the Pet You’re With: Foster with Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center!

NORFOLK, VA – Peruse the purrfect pup-posal for people who love falling in love: dog and cat fostering!

If you’re seeking affection and companionship without commitment, make a short-term love connection with a dog or cat from our shelter. NACC seeks adults looking for a mature but temporary relationship with our older dogs and cats – aged one year or more, but still frisky. They know what they want: a scritch behind the ears and a cozy place to sleep. They know how to get it: soulful, pleading eyes, and a rub against your ankles or shins.

We need foster families of every kind! Military welcome, as well as families with other pets and kids. We also need people with no other pets in the home and willing to give and get love from one dog or one cat at a time. Get to know a new roommate, see personalities blossom, share affection – and then say farewell with no hard feelings as your limited-engagement love finds a fur-ever home with an adopter.

“If someone is considering fostering an animal, JUST DO IT,” said Meg Kennedy, who fostered cats Beignet and Po’Boy. “There’s not a lot of risk involved.” NACC provides food, crates and other supplies and any needed medicines. “In the meantime, you get to take an animal out of a transitional situation into your home,” Kennedy said. “You get to be a part of that joy. You get to see their gratitude, their silliness. You get to give back, whether that’s for a week or two or forever.”

Match update: Kennedy “failed” at fostering. She adopted both cats.

Jeanine Badanes decided to foster dogs two years ago, after her two long-time dogs died of cancer. She’s now on her ninth foster dog.

“It’s absolutely giving a dog a chance that they maybe wouldn’t get if they were still in the shelter,” Badanes said. “They want to be with you. They’re thrilled when you come home. They open up and show you who they are.”

Fostering provides her flexibility to have pets in her home despite her travel schedule, she said. If she needs to go out of town, she can return the animal to the shelter.

“I’m giving more dogs a chance than if I adopted one,” she said.

To become a foster, contact dog foster coordinator Jenn Held, or cat foster coordinator Bryce Strech. Or submit our foster application!     

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