Dogs Seeking Temporary Homes

03/26/2013

Fayetteville Animal Services is excited to announce that they will be expanding their current dog foster care program.  Fostering is a great way to help out if you’ve been looking for a way to volunteer but aren’t sure that you can make it to the shelter on a regular basis.  Foster homes work one-on-one with a single animal giving them a unique opportunity to dramatically change the life of a dog that might not be thriving in the shelter environment.  "We often see dogs that come into the shelter and become depressed and withdrawn. However, once you get them into a home setting, they become happy-go-lucky pets again," said Chris Heinen, the shelter’s new dog foster coordinator.  Through the help of dedicated staff members, volunteers, and partnerships with local dog trainers, a foster parent can turn a fearful or hyperactive dog into a well-mannered canine companion, greatly increasing its desirability and chances of a speedy adoption. 

"Fayetteville, and the entire Northwest Arkansas area, is very dog friendly. We love engaging the community to help us save more lives, and fostering is a fundamental part of success in lowering our euthanasia rate," stated Justine Lentz, the shelter superintendent.  Interested parties can come by the shelter to see the available dogs and fill out the foster parent application.  Once approved to the program, the shelter can help match a dog to your lifestyle through a system developed by the ASPCA or you can choose a dog yourself. 

For more information on some of the new aspects of the program, contact the shelter at 479-444-3456 or the new Canine Foster Care Coordinator, Chris Heinen, directly at FASdogfoster@gmail.com.  The shelter is located at 1640 S. Armstrong Avenue in Fayetteville.  The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.