Jerry and Peter the kittens are two examples of the benefits of animal fostering.
The two 2-month-old brothers are part of a four-kitten litter currently available for adoption at Midlands Humane Society, 1020 Railroad Ave. The were brought back to the shelter a few days ago after spending time in foster care with Joe Shearer, Nonpareil photographer and first-time foster dad. They received thier final shots, got altered and are ready to find their forever homes. Their sisters, Mama Cass and Maisey, are looking for the same. The same goes for their mom, Fluffy.
Kori Nelson, director of marketing development at Midlands, said fostering cats is a huge help for the shelter. During the spring and summer months, Midlands gets to full capacity easily with countless litters finding their way into the shelter. Fostering helps the shelter by easing up space, and it helps the kittens become socialized and grow up in a home-like setting.
Those considering fostering can fill out an application at the shelter. Food, litter and litter boxes, towels, blankets and toys are provided by Midlands, which helps foster families out financially. Shearer says it was a joy spending time with a pack of kittens and their overly-friendly mom for a month. He said it was tough giving them back, but he hopes they all find the loving families they deserve.
More information about fostering, volunteer and donation opportunities can be found at midlandshumanesociety.org or by calling 712-396-2270. Updates and other information can be found at the Midlands Humane Society’s Facebook page.