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Foster Program Saving Lives of Shelter Pets

<br><font size=2> <P>Pets are an important part of the lives of Texomans.</P> <P>Unfortunately, many of them have been put to sleep there's no room for them in shelters.</P> <P>But as Mechell Dixon found out, dozens are getting a second chance at life, thanks to two programs.</P></font>

Those programs are the dog and cat foster programs with the Humane Society of Wichita County.

And they have coordinators barking about their success.

A dogs life is suppose to focus on being in a loving family... not being huddled in a kennel waiting to be saved.

That's why several days a week officials with the Humane Society of Wichita County come to the Animal Services Center of Wichita Falls to find candidates for the foster program.

"There are just so many dogs and cats that need help in our community and if we can foster and take care of them and home them until an adopter comes up, it saves a life," says Kimber Hopkins, who is coordinator for the humane society's dog foster program.

The programs also gives dogs and cats a more stable environment to live in before they're adopted.

Animal Services officials say that last month, of the 65 animals who arrived at the shelter... 37 went into the humane society's foster program.

And according to city animal officials, foster families are true life-savers.

"The Humane Society takes what they can into their facility, as well as the foster program and rescue program. Unfortunately, we still have to euthanize but that's the last choice that we want to have to do," says Animal Services Administrator Katrena Mitchell.

But foster families prevent that.

The Humane Society is always in need of foster families for dogs and cats.

For more information call the shelter Monday through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The number is (940) 855-4941.

Ironically, shelter officials say many foster families become permanent families for pets in the program.

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