Shelter Encourages People To Foster Animals

Grand Island resident Luci Stauffer said when she took in one-year-old tabby cat Krista, she was a completely different animal just a short week later.

At first, "she had a very runny nose, real runny, watery eyes," Stauffer explained.

Stauffer is one of several people playing an integral role in making this year's annual "Home For The Holidays" a success...getting as many cats and dogs as possible into loving temporary homes until the new year.

"It feels really weird. Our shelter in the back is half-empty, we keep going 'it's so quiet,'" said shelter director Laurie Dethloff.

The event happens across the nation, but just this year made it to Grand Island through word-of-mouth.

"We didn't anticipate doing it, people had asked to do it," said Dethloff.

Ultimately, the goal is to get the animals into permanent loving homes, but that doesn't always happen.

So far they've succeeded in getting 13 animals into temporary foster homes and one dog into a permanent home.

Luci Stauffer has fostered five animals previously, nursing them back to health and returning them to the Humane Society where they await adoption.

"It's very rewarding. You take somebody that is very, very ill and may not make it through the night and you give them medication, you give them a lot of love...and they get better. The reward is that they go back to the Humane Society and they get their forever home," she said.

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