Animal Control finds a unique way to get fosters out of the shelter for the holidays

Post Date:November 21, 2019 2:16 PM

The St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter is launching a short-term foster pet challenge program during the holiday season this year.

The program, the “Foster Express Challenge,” is aimed at getting cats and dogs into homes for the holidays to help better socialize the animals while giving them a break from life at the shelter. Additionally, it helps the shelter successfully promote available pets for adoption.

"Our team absolutely loves the idea of getting the shelter residents home for the holidays. Even in temporary situations, we get to better know pet personalities, and it is good for the spirits of both humans and pets alike," said St. Charles Parish Animal Control Officer Dr. Jena Troxler. "We aim for our shelter to be emptied of all pets we own during the holiday season to allow staff a break, while bringing unconditional love to the families involved."

Anyone interested in fostering during the holidays can apply on the parish’s animal control website, here. The dates available are as follows:

  •  Pickup Nov. 25, return Dec. 2
  • Pickup Dec. 20, return January 3

The shelter will provide the medical care, food, and the crate for the duration of time the animal is being fostered.

At least 25 pets fostered during the “Foster Express Challenge” will make the shelter eligible to potentially receive grant funding from the Maddie’s Fund Foundation to help support the care of current shelter residents.

About Maddie’s Fund

Maddie's Fund is a 501c3 organization and is a family foundation created in 1994 by WorkDay co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $237.6 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their miniature schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.

The mission of St. Charles Parish Animal Control is to provide a service to the people by protecting the animals of St. Charles, securing a safe environment for all homeless creatures and improving the quality of life for all animals.

The missions of St. Charles Parish is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.

The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.

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