The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information: Johnna Kelly (630) 407-6022

Thursday, November 15, 2012

DuPage County Animal Care and Control Seeks Animal Foster Care Volunteers

DuPage County Animal Care and Control (DCACC) is currently seeking animal foster care volunteers for the shelter’s animals, especially kittens.

Weekly, new animals are brought into DCACC that need to be cared for. With the large amount of animals at DCACC, the shelter relies on the foster care volunteer program to provide extra assistance in properly caring for the animals.

Senior Staff Assistant at DCACC Amanda Majewski said animal foster care is important for both the animals and the shelter.

“The fostering of animals that are brought into DuPage County Animal Care and Control is essential not to only the animals that are being cared for, but also for the continued success of our shelter. The animals that go into our foster program are in need of additional care and socializing that usually can only come from home-based fostering,” said Majewski. “Without our foster program we would not have the means to provide the animals in our care the extra love and attention that some need to find their future forever home.”

Typically, puppies and kittens at DCACC need to be placed in foster homes because they cannot stay in the shelter when they are too young to be spayed or neutered. Once they are old enough for the procedure, they can be placed up for adoption. In addition, puppies and kittens benefit from foster care because they receive one-on-one home care where they can learn socialization and potty-training skills that will make them more desirable to potential adopters instead of spending time in cages at such a young age.

A current foster mom for DCACC Debbie Cannone said she looks forward to fostering kittens every year.

“It is so much fun. They are very entertaining and fun to play with,” she said.

Occasionally adult cats and dogs at DCACC also need outside care and attention for special circumstances such as an injury, illness or being scared.

Currently DCACC is primarily seeking foster care homes for kittens. The number of animals that need homes changes frequently; the shelter averages about 10 kittens a week, said Brandi McNeely, Rescue and Volunteer Coordinator at DCACC.

Potential foster care volunteers can go to DuPage County Animal Care and Control any time during business hours to fill out an application. Because fostering an animal is a large responsibility and can be emotionally and physically demanding, Animal Care employees use the application process to make sure the animals are being placed in suitable environments where they will be fully cared for. They also check to see if current household pets of foster families have up to date vaccinations.

DCACC currently has 97 volunteer foster care families. McNeely said DCACC is in constant search of foster families since every family is different according to what animal they are able and willing to foster and when they are available throughout the year.

“The foster program allows our commitment to saving animals to go beyond our shelter doors. The community is coming together to change the lives of shelter animals and to ensure positive outcomes for their future,” said McNeely.

DCACC is located at 120 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton and is open Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on becoming an animal foster care volunteer, visit www.dupageco.org/animalcontrol or call (630) 407-2800.