The Richmond SPCA finds permanent, loving homes for more than 3,500 cats and dogs each year. Each and every pet that enters the Robins-Starr Humane Center is uniquely different. Some pets need a little more TLC than their peers. Foster care is an excellent option for pets who need extra help to prepare them for an adoptive home.
Families and individuals who participate in the Richmond SPCA’s Meet the Fosters™ program assist homeless pets in more ways than one. First and foremost, the foster providers give the pet their time, energy and a temporary home. These efforts can assist in preparing that pet for adoption. Foster care also allows our organization to expand our lifesaving capacity beyond the walls of our physical building. Increased capacity means more pets can be cared for by the Richmond SPCA’s staff and volunteers until new, permanent homes are found.
Foster care volunteers provide temporary homes for kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs. Some pets may only need a home for several days, while others may need several weeks or months. Foster care providers do not need previous pet care experience. The Richmond SPCA will provide all necessary training and information regarding your foster pet’s care. We will also provide all the supplies you will need to successfully care for your foster pet (i.e. food, bedding, toys).
If you are interested in becoming a foster care volunteer for an adult feline, you can learn more about some of the wonderful candidates below. These felines could benefit from foster care to receive a break from our humane center. If you have any questions or comments, please visit our website or contact Tameka Peters by phone (804-521-1313) or e-mail our foster care coordinator, Tameka Peters. The next training workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23 from 6-8 p.m.
Meet Brenda! This feline has been described as being loyal, people-oriented and loveable. She prefers to spend time meeting new people and catching up with old friends over playing with toys. Even though Brenda can be a very social lady, she also enjoys her independence. She is perfectly content lounging around. She would enjoy a home with a large window so she can watch the world go by! Brenda requires a prescription diet due to a medial issue. Brenda enjoys the company of people of all ages and has done very well with other cats in this environment (in fact, she has spent the majority of her time here living in our Catillion group housing).
Summer is a laid back, loyal cat in search of a home to call her own. She prefers to take a laid back approach to life. If she had a motto, it would most likely be: “Easy does it”. She would make a wonderful companion for someone interested in expanding their family. She will head butt and rub up against you to solicit attention. She can be a purr machine at times too! Summer would do best in a quiet, calm home. She would appreciate some quiet one-on-one time being set aside for her so she can give and receive affection from her human friends. Summer is comfortable around other cats, dogs, and older children but being the laid-back feline that she is, she will not compete against them for attention. Interested in giving Summer a permanent home? Her adoption fee has been sponsored.
If you are looking to foster a charismatic feline, Meg may be the perfect foster pet for you! For a mature cat, she can still be quite playful at times! She has no problem keeping herself entertained by batting around toys, exploring her environment and scratching on carpet-style scratching posts. Due to allergies, Meg is on a prescription diet. She did well with other pets in a previous foster home but in an ideal world, she may prefer to be the only pet in the home. Meg would also prefer a foster home without small children.
Lucy is a quiet and reserved feline in search of a calm and patient home. When she is introduced to a new environment she may spend some time on the sidelines, quietly observing her surroundings. Even though she may be hesitant to engage with the activity of her environment at first, she is certainly curious! She enjoys receiving attention once she has gotten comfortable, but it may take you some time to earn her trust. Once she has warmed up to you she has a boat load of love to offer! We are certain she will make a lovable and loyal companion!
Meet Tink! This beautiful feline has a one of a kind personality. She has been described as being curious, loyal and fun-loving. She enjoys receiving attention, whether it is a long belly rub or a short snuggle session. If you are not already giving her attention and she is longing for it, she will not hesitate to solicit it! She would much rather spend time with people than play with toys (in fact, she appears to think that playing with toys is silly!). Tink would do best in a home without other cats.
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