Foster Homes Needed Austin Pets Alive

Because many of our dogs and cats cannot go directly into one of our overnight adoption programs, the only way we can save these animals is with the help of foster homes. Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption. Older pets who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.

When Austin Pets Alive! rescues unsocialized or feral cats from the shelter, sometimes we have to consider non-traditional adoption placement.

Many pet stores get their cats from large breeding operations called kitten mills. What's a kitten mill? It's basically a factory farm for pets. The cats are kept in small cages and forced to breed at unhealthy rates. Female cats in kitten mills are made to have several litters per year, which is extremely dangerous, unnatural, and cruel. Kitten mills also pay little attention to the health and temperament issues related to overbreeding, issues which often cause lifetime problems in the cats. In the kitten mill business, mass-producing animals for profit is the name of the game. Remember, adoption is the most humane option!

is always in need of more foster homes

Tarrytown Cat Adoption Center and Gift Shop:3108 Windsor RoadAustin, TX 78703Hours: 12:00pm until 7:00pm Daily Even though living in a cat rescue situation isn't ideal, most rescues (and some animal shelters) try to make the cats more adjustable and adoptable. Sometimes they will expose the animals in their care to other animals in order to help socialize them, making them more playful and able to live with all types of pets. Also, many rescue organizations use foster homes. Foster homes are terrific because adoptable pets get to be socialized with children and other pets while in their temporary foster home, giving them essential experience and training before they go to their new adopted homes. This makes the transition to your home easier and smoother for both the adopted pet and you, the guardian. Whether in a foster home, a boarding situation, or a shelter, many cats available for adoption are already housebroken, litterbox trained and ready to go! This is one of the most positive aspects of pet adoption. Foster parents, have dedicated their time and energy to making pets more adoptable. Remember, you can find so many different kinds of cats in shelters, that it is worth starting there when you are looking for a Bengal.

is not your average animal shelter.

Many pet stores get their cats from large breeding operations called kitten mills. What's a kitten mill? It's basically a factory farm for pets. The cats are kept in small cages and forced to breed at unhealthy rates. Female cats in kitten mills are made to have several litters per year, which is extremely dangerous, unnatural, and cruel. Kitten mills also pay little attention to the health and temperament issues related to overbreeding, issues which often cause lifetime problems in the cats. In the kitten mill business, mass-producing animals for profit is the name of the game. Remember, adoption is the most humane option!

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