Adopt-A-Pet.com has launched a new program designed to help families who have been (or will be) impacted by hurricanes. The program, aptly named Foster a Hurricane Pet, is designed to pair willing foster families with pet owners who desperately need a safe place for their animals to stay until they are back on their feet.
A website has been created to help people in need, as well as people who are willing to lend a hand. The program explains:
Whether you need to find a temporary home for your pet or you’re willing to foster a beloved pet for a family impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Irma, we can help.
With the click of a button, anyone searching for a temporary foster home can upload information which can be accessed by individuals who are willing and able to open their home to a displaced pet.
Patricia Mercer, president of Houston SPCA, explained the importance of this free program to the Associated Press, “This specially designed tool will connect neighbors to neighbors, ultimately giving displaced pet owners peace of mind knowing that their animals are safe while they get back on their feet.”
Visitors to the site will find pets who are in need of temporary homes – as well as information about the pet’s personality. On the website, those who are willing to help can click the “I’m interested in fostering this pet,” button to learn exactly what is needed to participate.
People impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma can fill out a short and simple form to help find area volunteers to lend aid. Volunteer foster families should be local to the areas which have been hit by these natural disasters. For those who want to help, but are not local, you can donate to relief efforts in the area.
The Petco Foundation has been instrumental in helping this innovative program come to fruition. “The Petco Foundation is dedicated to lifesaving every day and for animals in crisis situations like Hurricane Harvey. We are proud to, once again, fund the development of innovative technology that will directly impact the lives of pets in need,” said Susanne Kogut, Executive Director of the Petco Foundation. Read more about the various ways the Petco Foundation has helped here.
Find the Foster A Hurricane Pet site here.