That’s Right. Our Foster Care Program is Being Run by a Cat!
“Thank you for calling your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. How can I help you?”
(Caller) “I’m interested in finding out how I can become a foster care volunteer.”
“Please hold while I connect you with Cat.”
Yep. Our new foster care coordinator is Cat. Her first name is actually Caitlin but, during her first day working in the kennels a few years ago, she told us, “Call me Cat.”
Cat learned a lot during her time as an animal care provider and adoption counselor. She was always curious about the Foster Care Program that allows RCHS to accept pets from other shelters through the FOCAS program. In many cases, the pets that arrive at RCHS would not have survived without receiving foster care until they are old enough or healed enough to be adopted.
There’s an old saying about “baptism by fire.” That’s what happened with Cat. Spring and summer are the busiest times for foster care. Kitten season hit hard this year, and it looks like it will continue into late fall. That means hundreds of kittens will need temporary foster care.
Cat points out that we get puppies year round. We always welcome litters of puppies with open paws.
Sometimes it’s a litter with their mommy cat or dog. Sometimes it’s just the babies. Last year, we took in two baby bunnies who needed foster care until they were old enough to be adopted.
Cat says summer is a great time for teenagers and their parents to get involved in the Teen Foster Program. Teens learn about animal care. It’s personally rewarding to save the lives of pets, and it strengthens the bond with their parents.
Find out how you can become a part our Foster Care program. Come meet Cat at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or click here for details and a foster volunteer application. https://rchumanesociety.org/foster/