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Foster Homes Needed for Shelter Animals

May 02, 2019

The Cumberland County Animal Control Shelter is seeking foster families to provide temporary care for animals until they are ready for adoption. Although fosters are needed for all animals, there is a great need for kitten fosters.

“We are about to enter the peak of kitten season and expect to be overflowing with kittens soon,” said Elaine Smith, Animal Control director. “Fosters are a huge help in increasing the number of kittens that we can care for at the shelter.” 

Anyone interested in becoming a foster must attend a Foster Orientation session. The sessions are held the third Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Animal Shelter, 4704 Corporation Dr. The next one will be May 18.

The Animal Control Foster Program is intended for pregnant and nursing cats and dogs, puppies and kittens that are orphaned or not old enough to be placed for adoption, as well as animals needing recovery time from a medical procedure or illness.

The age and condition of the animals will determine how long they will stay in foster care. Some animals will also need special care such as bottle feeding or medication administration. Some fosters only need a few days in foster care, while others may be in care for several months.

The only requirement to foster is you must be 18 years old, sign a liability waiver and attend the Foster Orientation session. All supplies are provided.

“Fostering is a great option for those who love animals but may not be able to commit to a pet, such as military personnel who want a pet but can’t because of deployments or overseas assignments,” Smith said.

For more information about fostering or to sign up for a Foster Orientation session, call 910-321-6828 or 910-321-6965. For more information about the shelter or view animals available for adoption go to