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Become a foster care family for animals
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Become a foster care family for animals

Pinellas County, Florida -- Pinellas County Animal Services is seeking volunteers to be a part of the foster care team, as part of an effort to save pets that are in need of time away from the shelter.

Some of the animals that will benefit from the program include: puppies and kittens too young for adoption, those recovering from surgery or illness, senior pets that need to be out of a shelter environment, dogs that have been on the adoption list for an extended period, and pets requiring socialization skills that can only be learned in a home environment. Volunteers interested in becoming a foster parent will work directly with the adoption coordinator and the medical staff.

The program requires a foster application and approval. All foster care parents are required to complete the volunteer orientation training held on Wednesday, June 19, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. All participants must attend a foster care training program held on Saturday, July 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Both training sessions will be held at the Pinellas County Animal Services shelter.

The foster care training will provide potential foster parents with basic animal cleaning and feeding tips, information on feline upper respiratory infection and the shelter’s emergency procedures. 

To be part of the foster care team, participants must possess:

  • Genuine concern for the welfare of the animals
  • Willingness to be compassionate to special needs animals
  • Commitment to follow all foster policies and directives as required by the adoption coordinator
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle to transport foster animals to and from shelter
  • Willingness to attend a foster meeting every six months at the shelter

In 2012, Pinellas County Animal Services fostered 1,026 animals that needed additional time and care.

Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. 

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