FROM READERS: Fostering pets saves lives. Can you help?

Monday, June 9, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:43 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 12, 2014
An example of animals in need of foster care through the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Jennifer Romesburg is the Foster and Rescue Coordinator for the Central Missouri Humane Society.

At the Central Missouri Humane Society, helping animals in need is now easier than ever, and community support is an ever-pressing need of ours. There are many ways you can help our mission of alleviating the suffering of Mid-Missouri’s adoptable animals. You could donate your time as a volunteer or become a donor, but there is another way in which you can directly play a part in saving the lives of the animals in our care.

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Fostering is a hands-on way to help out the homeless animals in need. Each year we take in around 4,000 animals, and we rely on our foster homes to help create space and prepare our furry friends for adoption.

Fostering is free, and CMHS provides everything you need to care for the animal while your foster dog or cat is in your home, from litter, food, medicine, crates and litter boxes to collars and leashes. All we ask is that you provide a safe and loving environment, give the animal daily food and water and possibly meds and some training if needed. You will provide us with much-needed information on their personality, take pictures for us and help find the animals their “fur-ever” homes!

Animals needing to be fostered can range in all ages and sizes. From dogs with newborn babies, to momma cats, bottle fed kittens, puppies, senior animals and everything in between. Sometimes we need foster homes for animals that are having health or behavioral problems. Regardless of the reason, when you foster through CMHS, you not only save the life of the animal you take home, but you also save the life of the animal that takes its place in that dog kennel or cat condo.

If you have animals of your own, no problem! We love that they will have friends while in foster care. We do ask that your own animals are up to date on vaccinations, animal friendly and spayed/neutered.

Fostering is a fun, easy, rewarding experience! We are always looking to increase our foster roster! We work around your schedule, too. We are open late on Wednesday nights and the weekends.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent, please go to our website,, and fill out a foster home application, found on the website here. There you will also find more information about our foster care program. You can submit your application to me at, or call me with questions at 573-443-3893, ext. 205.

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