From the desk of PMHS’s newest team member doing double duty as volunteer and Foster Coordinator Brandi Moore,

Foster a pet from Pope Memorial Humane Society!

Ever thought about fostering an animal from a local shelter? Fosters provide temporary loving homes for dogs and cats while they’re awaiting their forever families.

True to the mission here at Pope, the staff is devoted to caring for and placing unwanted and abandoned animals in loving homes; and fostering is a valuable part of making this happen. The animals in our shelter are given everything we can offer to keep them healthy and happy while in our care. But a shelter is not a substitution for a home, and all the commotion of daily shelter life can be quite stressful for many animals.

Why foster?

Foster pets make excellent house guests! They’re just happy to be out of the shelter and in a home and they don’t care one bit if there are whoopee pie crumbs between your couch cushions. (In fact, they might consider that to be an extra perk!)

Fostering a pet does not require that you have loads of free time or advanced training skills. Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, (and once in a while even pocket pets and barn buddies) are all in need of foster homes. Pregnant cats and kittens are some of the most at-risk animals at the shelter, so providing foster homes for them is critical to keeping them both mentally and physically healthy.

Some benefits of fostering:

• Having an animal companion without the lifetime commitment

• Helping an animal recover from an illness or injury

• Giving extra TLC to puppies and kittens too young to be adopted; or providing a safe, comfy place for moms to give birth and raise their babies

• Helping animals decompress from the stress of living at the shelter

• Knowing that you’ve saved a life and given an animal a second chance

Responsibilities of fostering:

• Providing a safe, clean and caring environment

• Monitoring for physical and mental well being

• Providing food, water, litter, toys/enrichment and shelter

• Administering necessary medical care for a sick or injured animal

• Providing exercise and socialization if appropriate

Finally, when you foster a dog or cat, you’ll be saving more than one life! Every time a shelter animal is able to leave the shelter for a foster home, space is created for another deserving homeless pet that needs a second chance.

Rula, a 12-year-old senior dog, is a Pope animal-in-need of a loving foster. We also have pregnant and nursing mother cats with kittens arriving at the shelter regularly. If you have room in your home and in your heart to foster a homeless dog or cat, we welcome you to fill out the foster application on Thanks to the loving care of one of PMHS’s foster families, Katie and Kimble, two happy, healthy kittens, are ready to be adopted into loving homes.

Pope Memorial Humane Society is located at 25 Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston;; call 594-2200 with any questions. Due to COVID-19, adoptions are by appointment only, until further notice. To schedule an appointment, call 594-2200.

Wish list: Purina Kitten Chow, paper towels, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes and 33 gal. garbage bags. Thank you.