Aug. 31, 2022Print | PDF
A university-community partnership aims to make a ‘paws-itive’ impact on the lives of animals in need.
Wilfrid Laurier University, the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth and the Brant County SPCA are partnering to connect animals in need of foster homes with Laurier students, faculty and staff.
Fostering an animal is a short-term commitment that enriches the lives of both the animal and its caretaker. It prepares the animal for its forever home while increasing its chances of being adopted. Dogs, cats, reptiles and small animals are currently in need of foster homes. All costs associated with fostering an animal are covered by the associated organizations.
"Laurier's partnership with the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth and the Brant County SPCA provides an opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to make meaningful contributions to the community by helping animals in need," says Carleen Carroll, assistant vice-president: External Relations at Laurier. "Fostering an animal is rewarding and provides companionship without a long-term commitment. It’s a special way to support our community partners.”
Partnering with Laurier allows both organizations to expand the reach of their foster programs as more than 200 animals need care.
“The Humane Society is very excited about the partnership with Laurier,” says Denise Rowse, manager of volunteers at the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth. “Our animals are in urgent need of foster caregivers, and this partnership will help provide temporary, loving homes for them.”
Fostering provides companionship and contributes to the improved well-being of caretakers. Caring for an animal in need can also reduce stress and feelings of loneliness.
“This year, more than ever before, the need for collaboration is front and centre,” says Amber Best, manager of animal care at the Brant County SPCA. “Through partnerships, we can save more animal lives and enrich the lives of foster parents through animal companionship.”
Interested individuals can complete the online application form available through the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth and Brant County SPCA for the type of animal they wish to foster. Applicants will also be required to submit two character references, a letter from their landlord (if applicable), and the vaccination records of any other pet living in the home. More information about foster applicant requirements can be found in the application outline.
The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth and Brant County SPCA will review applications, contact applicants for an interview and check references. Once accepted into the foster program, applicants will receive further information about training, onboarding and orientation.
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