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Rescue Rundown: Fostering animals and why it's important

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Imagine being a cat lover and willing to offer your home to a needy feline, but then willing to give the cat back for the chance at a permanent home. There's a foster program just like that with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

Amy Bender is a foster parent for kittens and cats, only she takes on the very hardest cases: cats with medical or other challenges. Bender joined Abby Wolfe on this week's Rescue Rundown to discuss fostering and why it's important. 

Says Wolfe, "Fostering is a process a person takes to help save lives. A foster home takes an animal into their home for usually a 2-3 week period of time. The foster gets to know their foster pet, helps navigate vet appointments, and then helps market them for adoption."

Bender has fostered hundreds of kittens, many of them not in great shape. She is the humom of Internet sensation Sauerkraut, a special needs cat adopted from OK Humane who is giving Grump Cat a run for her money.

Wolfe says fostering is needed because "shelters are overcrowded and they are forced to make tough decisions. Fostering helps rescues take in animals who are at risk of euthanasia. By fostering, you are saving the life you take into your home, but also saving the life of the animal who takes its place in the shelter as well."

You can learn more by visiting the Oklahoma Humane website

David Morris

Dave Morris serves as Director of Video at OPUBCO, where he's worked since 1996. Morris spent two years as a sports reporter for The Oklahoman before transitioning to online efforts. He has 15 years of digital management with Oklahoman.com and... Read more ›

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