Prior to the start of the holidays, we announced a special need for foster homes for dogs, and hosted a special dog-focused Meet the Fosters workshop on Dec. 18. The response was terrific, but in recent weeks we have been met with an unexpected delay in the start of construction. Our project start date has been pushed back to Feb. 3, also delaying the placement of dogs into ready foster homes. However, the postponement has allowed us to schedule a second workshop opportunity on Jan. 28 to train additional foster providers.
The Richmond SPCA is preparing for a major renovation of our dog kennels. This will be our largest construction project since our Robins-Starr Humane Center opened in 2002 and will involve demolition of six rooms of kennels in two phases. Although this project will temporarily reduce our on-site capacity to house dogs, we will continue saving the lives of homeless dogs in local government shelters by transferring them into our care throughout both phases of construction. We are calling on members of our community to join us in saving lives by fostering homeless dogs.
New foster care volunteers who attend the workshop on Jan. 28, as well as those who received training at last month's session, will be prepared to be “on deck” for placement of dogs in their homes starting Jan. 29. Many of the dogs in need of foster homes will be those who have been diagnosed with medical conditions requiring ongoing veterinary treatment prior to adoption. The foster care period will range from four to six weeks. Following the workshop, potential foster providers will be asked to complete a questionnaire that the Richmond SPCA’s foster care coordinator will use to select the dog most appropriate for the individual home.
To supplement the capacity gained through foster homes during the demolition and construction, the generous owners of Holiday Barn Pet Resorts will kindly open some of their kennels to board dogs from the Richmond SPCA. The combination of donated boarding, foster care and creatively repurposing some spaces within our own humane center will ensure that the Richmond SPCA’s lifesaving impact on the community is not diminished even while our physical space is reduced.
Special thanks to the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center for generously sponsoring the Meet the Fosters™ program.
Tabitha Frizzell Hanes is the director of advancement for the Richmond SPCA. To read the biographies of our regular bloggers, please click here. Before posting a comment, please review our comment guidelines. Please note that our comment policy requires a first and last name to be used as your screen name.