Local animal shelters need our help!

Consider fostering but $$ is really what most need

Marjorie Hsu, Co-editor in Chief

Gianna is a cute, 7 year old terrier pit bull mix. She is house trained and prefers to be the sole pet love of the house. She is part of the Angel’s Rescue. Credit: Angel’s Among US Pet Rescue

Because many Americans have been staying home to quarantine themselves from COVID-19, there are many more people fostering from their local animal shelters. Fostering means temporarily taking care of an animal and helping them find their forever home. If you have been feeling lonely and can provide the necessary means to help a pet, you can help by fostering from a local animal shelter.

Kody is a medium, male golden retriever who is good with children. He really enjoys the outdoors and exercise, and being the only pet of the house. He loves head scratches and is a go with the flow dog who is house trained. Credit: Angel’s Among US Pet Rescue

If you love both cats and dogs, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue (AAUPR) currently has eleven dogs and one cat, all with their names and pictures here. Even if you can’t foster or aren’t open for adoption, right now you can help by spreading the word or posting on social media of an animal or their cause or help donate to their Amazon wishlist. In the future, you can volunteer to do general administrative work, help organize a fundraiser, or attend adoption events to help advocate for the animals. AAUPR is also very dependent on fosterers as they don’t have a facility to care for these animals and fully rely on volunteers’ help, so any supplies or fostering would greatly help. 

Barkville Dog Rescue is near the Goodwill on the other side of 400 from Centennial. They are a non-profit and all-volunteer based organization dedicated to helping rescuing dogs. They have a large list of their current dogs right here. In order to get involved, there is a foster application and more info on their website

Kaytie is a large, adult, female who is a mix of a labrador retriever and Australian cattle dog. She’s sweet and very well house-trained, and loves pets and treats. She also prefers a home without children and cats and dogs. Credit: Angel’s Among US Pet Rescue

If you’re more of a cat person, a popular and renowned cat shelter called GoodMews has been visited by the host of the show “My Cat from Hell” called Richard Kirschner before. Unfortunately, one of the volunteers ended up testing positive for COVID-19 and the organization has taken action to close until further notice and relocate the cats into foster homes. They are currently buying supplies from more expensive suppliers as they are unable to find surgical supplies and gloves. They also cancelled events that help them acquire the funds they need in order to buy cat food and litter, so any kind of financial donation would help.

Purrl is a young adult cat who is “sweet and good natured.” She was rescued and is a young adult tabby. She is also looking for a forever home. Credit: All About Cats Rescue

All About Cats is a nearby cat shelter often hosts pet adoptions at PetSmart and Petco on weekends, but it’s also a shelter that relies on the help of volunteers. If you’re interested, there’s more contact info on their website. They mostly have young, cute cats who all have been spayed and neutered.

You may have heard of Atlanta’s largest no kill shelter called, FurKids. On their website they have a message that lists how Covid-19 is affecting many animals and shelters in many ways: some owners may be forced to give up their animals because they’re unable to financially care for them any longer, there are fewer adoptions, fundraisers that help shelter funds are cancelled, and there is only so much space at shelters. You can help by donating money to them right here. Funds will go to buying the dogs’ and cats’ food and medical care.

Dogs and cats can require a great deal work, some more than others, but it is worth it. Just like us, dogs and cats need a safe and happy home where their needs are being met. Fostering isn’t permanent, either, and is a great way for people to see if they’d ever be up to add a furry friend to the family. Plus, it’s a great way to stay occupied during these lonely times or encourage a good walk out in the neighborhood for some exercise.