Debbie Hood said the shelter will begin a program next week where volunteers can foster a dog, taking it out into the public and showing it off, in an effort to have the dog adopted out of their home.
“It’s been proven that not a lot of people go to the shelter to adopt,” Hood said. “They adopt from a friend or relative who has an extra dog. We’re trying to use that market to save a couple of extra lives.”
Dogs in foster homes will be provided with supplies, medical treatment and an “Adopt Me” vest to be worn in public.
“They will take them home and then take them places the shelter can’t go like parks, friends’ houses and walk them around the neighborhood,” Hood said. “They can take pictures and post them on Facebook.”
While in the community, the dogs will wear their “Adopt Me” vests to show the public they are available.
The program is made possible by the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Hood said allowing the animals to live in a foster home will help them learn manners and help the foster parents learn about the dog so anyone interested in adopting won’t be surprised by its behavior.
“A dog out of someone’s home that has been house trained and has a history is easier to adopt than a dog we don’t have information on,” she said. “It gives the foster parents time to showcase the dog’s traits and teach them manners.”
The SPCA’s website calls the foster parents talent scouts because they are supposed to find and promote the great things about the animals.
Anyone interested in fostering a dog and helping with the adoption process is encouraged to attend an informational meeting Monday at the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society’s spay clinic on South Gloster at 6 p.m.
“We’re hoping to save 25 more animals a month by getting this program started,” Hood said.