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Pinellas County Animal Services still need foster care families
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Pinellas County Animal Services still need foster care families

Pinellas County, Florida -- Pinellas County Animal Services is seeking volunteers to be part of the foster care team. 

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.

The foster care program allows Animal Services 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.

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

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

For more information, visit Pinellas County Animal Services’ web page  or call (727) 582-2600. Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and services include adoptions. Rabies vaccinations are administered on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The facility is closed all Pinellas County holidays.

For information on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, join Pinellas County Animal Services on Facebook. To learn more about the shelter, visitwww.pinellascounty.org/animalservices, or call (727) 582-2600. The lost or found pets hotline is (727) 582-2604.

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