Humane Society launches new dog adoption program, now at crisis capacity

The Humane Society of Scott County is reaching crisis capacity again.

He responded by creating a program that officials hope will bring more animals into homes. “Foster to Adopt” is intended to help dogs find forever homes.

Development Coordinator Celina Rippel said the shelter has the capacity to care for 71 dogs, and they currently have 81 living at the shelter.

“So the idea is that people can come this week and next week and find animals that they’re interested in if they were willing to adopt,” she said. “And instead of filling out the adoption application, they would fill out a fostering application. It’s our idea to get the dogs out of here faster.

“It’s kind of nice, because then you get to know the dog better before you adopt him, just spending a few days or a week with him before you make the decision,” Rippel said, noting that fostering a dog would be up to a week maximum.

When people decide to foster and adopt a dog, they will pay a small fee and also receive all the necessary services to help ease the transition. Fostering costs would be much lower than adoption.

“They would have access to our foster coordinator, as well as our behavioral specialist, to answer any questions they might have and see if the animals would be right for them,” Rippel said.

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