Thanks to our caring community, we found the foster homes needed and then some for the dogs who were temporarily displaced during a renovation project at our New York Avenue adoption center. We can’t thank our friends and supporters enough for stepping in to help animals in need. In an effort to provide a better environment for all of the animals in our care, major improvement projects continue at our New York Avenue facility, and this time, it is our cats who are looking to their community for help.
The current construction project will displace numerous cats from their temporary homes in our adoption center – once again, as the only open access shelter in Washington, DC, this impacts us tremendously. WHS takes in an average of 30 animals every day and we never turn away an animal who needs our help.
We hope we can count on you to help by providing short-term emergency foster care, or by spreading the word your families, friends and communities.
Foster volunteers are vital members of the WHS community, and they fulfill a critical component of our life-saving work. Each time an animal is taken out of the adoption center and placed into a foster home, it provides space for another animal who needs our special care and attention.
Here’s what some of our foster volunteers have to say:
“I love watching the blossoming of a cat's personality as it adjusts to home life and becomes another cat completely.”
“I like fostering cats with WHS because it's fun, compassionate, and we meet lots of good people.”
-Gale and Bill Harman
“Becoming a foster allows you to enjoy the company of a cat; aids in the cat’s socialization; gives the cat a vitally needed house; and fills you tearfully with joy when the cat goes off to a permanent, loving home, knowing that you helped them in their time of need.”
"The best feeling is when the adopter picks up the cat. Everyone’s excited and I know the cat got a second chance at life because of me."
We rely on the support of our community to help DC animals. Please consider opening your heart and home to a cat in need starting with this most urgent opportunity.
More information and an application can be found on our website. Click here to download our flyer. To learn more, please contact Alyson Burgess at 202-608-1356 ext. 101 or ABurgess@washhumane.org.
Thank you for your support!