Raleigh Humane Society seeks animal foster homes | State and region


The Humane Society of Raleigh County is urging the public to “favour” an animal this spring.

On Thursday, HSRC director Brett Kees reported 103 animals at the shelter, including 60 dogs.

“The HSRC board and director encourage people to come see our animals and adopt one,” board member India Hosch said Thursday.

Hosch reported that spring is “kitten season,” and the shelter also has pregnant cat moms who are ready to be taken in.

The shelter has been overwhelmed with animals this year, forcing CRSS workers to turn away some animals.

A number of concerned citizens, like Tammy Billeter, have volunteered to “house” animals or to care for animals inside their homes.

Billeter, owner of T’s Cleaning Service, helped the shelter by fostering pets until they found a forever home.

“This is our third year hosting for the shelter,” she reported Friday. “Our shelter is full of amazing animals, and we’ve developed a passion for helping bring them out and find homes for them.”

Currently, the Billeters are raising a 45-pound mixed-breed dog named Vera – a black and white dog who is just over a year old. Raleigh County Animal Control had picked up Vera in the fall, Billeter reported, and she began feeding her in February.

Vera had heartworms when she was rescued, but she was treated and beat all odds.

“No one showed interest, and she gets along great with our team of six dogs and all of our cats,” said Billeter, who posts photos of Vera on her Facebook page.

“Vera loves capturing human attention,” Billeter posted on her personal Facebook page in April, along with a photo of Vera, who is crate-trained and house-trained. “She would love to have a furry brother to play with, that’s for sure.”

Vera was still with Billeter on Tuesday and was looking for humans to give her a home.

“Everyone always wants a Thoroughbred. Meanwhile, pooches are the most loving,” Billeter reminded the audience. “And they are the ones sitting in the shelter.

“There’s nothing wrong with Vera. She’s perfect and just wants to share her love.

Hosch said foster care is extremely important and very necessary at the shelter. Dogs and cats are available for host families inside the houses.

“Kitten season is here and we have pregnant moms,” Hosch said.

Some of the animals that need to live with humans, inside their homes, are not able to handle the stress of living in the shelter well.

The HSRC website reports that some of the animals are sick and may need further medical attention, while others are older and more vulnerable.

“Foster families play a huge role in helping sick or stressed animals recover and protecting vulnerable populations from disease,” the website reports.

Foster “parents” provide love and home care, including training, to the animals. Foster families take the animal to the vet and to adoption events.

They also share photos and information about the animal’s behavior with the HSRC Foster Care Coordinator and share posts about the animal on social media accounts to let the public know the animal is ready to be adopted.

Volunteers can opt for a short-term foster home, which lasts from a few weeks to a few nights, sometimes after surgery.

They can agree to keep the animal until it is adopted, which is a long-term adoption.

Those wishing to foster an animal can call 304-253-8921.

Donations, including kitty litter, food, and other supplies, are also needed.


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