One the most positive outcomes during this difficult time, was the outpouring of support we received from the community for our Foster Program. Foster families are an important partner in HSHA’s mission because they provide temporary homes for animals that we may not be able to care for in the Shelter environment. However, during these unique times, concerns mounted that there would be an influx of pets coming to the Shelter due to people losing jobs and even their homes. We immediately began putting out the plea for more fosters. And the response was overwhelming. In April, our foster parent applications tripled from the month prior, and we have had 225 pets go through our foster program.
One such foster success during the Pandemic is Morton. Originally from a situation where his owner meant well but could no longer provide necessary care for him, Morton, a senior basset hound, was in need of medical treatment for chronic ear and skin infections. He also had a few lumps and bumps that needed to be removed while in our care. A brand new foster family came to the rescue, and Morton continued his medical recovery in their care, which then became his permanent home a short time later! He is now in good health and is living his best life with his new sister Millie. Morton and Millie love to go on hikes with their family. Morton also enjoys other common basset habits like sleeping on the couch, sniffing lots of things, and chasing rabbits.