Roanoke Valley SPCA is looking for pet fosters for the holiday season

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke Valley SPCA (RVSPCA) is looking for extra fosters for the animals they have in its care.

The goal is to enrich the lives of the animals awaiting adoption.

This year has been a bit different with most people canceling holiday travel plans and spending more time at home this holiday season.

The RVSPCA sees this as a great opportunity for people and families to foster an animal in need.

“The name of the program is Home for the Holidays and what we’re really trying to do is every year we like to have our animals in actual homes, in loving homes for the holidays. So, we’re still going to be adopting, but around December 21st and 22nd we really want to have the majority of our animals out into foster homes.”-

Julie Rickmond – Marketing and Communications Director – Roanoke Valley SPCA

Foster applications are being taken now for RVSPCA’s “Home for the Holidays” foster program.

“Once you’re apart of our foster list we send out emails of when we need fosters,. We don’t always know when we’re going to need fosters but, of course around the holidays, we know.”

Julie Rickmond – Marketing and Communications Director – Roanoke Valley SPCA

It’s the hope of the Roanoke Valley SPCA that some if not most of these “Home for the Holidays” fosters will be adopted by their foster parents.

“Especially this year with COVID, a lot of us aren’t going to be traveling to see family this year. We’re going to be stuck in our homes and you know, what a great time to have an animal there with you to love on. The other good thing is we find that a good majority of people end up adopting that animal so that’s really special too.”

Julie Rickmond – Marketing and Communications Director – Roanoke Valley SPCA

You can foster cats or dogs, and can even foster both.

“If you’re interested in being a cat and a dog foster, you have to apply for both and once you apply, you’ll receive notification whether you’re accepted, and most people generally are.”

Julie Rickmond – Marketing and Communications Director – Roanoke Valley SPCA

For more information on becoming a foster for the Roanoke Valley SPCA, click here.

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