By becoming a foster caregiver to our shelter animals you get the chance to spend quality time with some tiny kittens, teach a dog how to love and be loved, assist an injured cat or dog to get back on their feet, or lend a loving hand to animals recuperating after surgery. Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience, for the pet, and you, and it saves animals lives in a very direct way.
Training is required to become a foster caregiver. If you would like to become someone who fosters our shelter animals, please contact our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, Judy Swinson at Judy.Swinson@citrusbocc.com
What a great way to help the Citrus County Animal Shelter Pets!
Download the "Walk for a Dog" app and add the organization: Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection !!! When you go on a walk, just open the app and each mile you walk, they will donate to the Organization!!!
Seeking to Improve the Lives of Shelter Dogs
Citrus County Chronicle - Guest Column - Thursday, March 21, 2013
By Judy McBriar
These days, foreclosures and an economic downturn have caused many pets from previously happy homes to be surrendered to shelters. Dogs, especially, have become the silent innocent victims of a struggling economy.
As a volunteer at Citrus County Animal Services in Inverness, I see sweet loyal pets who once slept warmly on their loved one’s bed, or cuddled on a child’s lap, got kisses, played tug-o-war, had their own toys, went for long walks and had the freedom to take ‘potty breaks’ outside experience the anxiety and confusion of now living on a concrete floor with a strange kennel mate. The cold concrete floors can be tough on the older dogs with arthritis. The dogs have to adjust to life without the love and homey comforts that once made their lives complete.
From what I’ve seen the adjustment is the hardest on the dogs who, once praised for being housebroken, are now forced to eliminate in their kennels. For many dogs this transition from loving home to shelter life can cause deep depression and behavioral problems. The days of lying in the sun, rolling in the grass and playing with their toys are over. But they don't have to be.
I'm part of a new group, Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP), that was created to enhance the well-being of animals in the shelter environment. We are actively working to ease the pain of this transition for these dogs by a simple solution. To let the dogs out! We have a plan to add exercise yards so these dogs can have time outside of their kennels….to sit in the sun, chew on their own toy, run, play and work one-on-one with compassionate people to learn doggie-manners.
Currently Citrus County Animal Services has 3 small exercise yards. These yards have to be shared with over 100 dogs. This means that many dogs don’t get time outside each day. I see how hard the staff and volunteers work to keep the animals well fed, healthy and in a clean hygienic living environment. There’s often not enough time to walk the dogs. Having more exercise yards would solve that problem.
We are so fortunate to have a Strive for Life shelter. Most shelters only give the animals 5 days and then they’re euthanized if they are not adopted. Our shelter gives the dogs as long as it takes or as long as there is space. Many dogs stay an average of two months. It is our goal to keep these dogs happy and improve their training and well-being to keep them adoptable, but we need your help.
To create these exercise yards we need heavy duty chain link fencing, and lots of it. The addition of the fencing will make a tremendous difference in the quality of the day-to-day lives of so many sheltered animals, immediately, and in the days to come. Please consider donating. Your donation is guaranteed to help these unfortunate dogs retain their dignity and feel loved.
Please consider helping to fulfill this need by a generous donation to CCFAP. Any amount will help. Adopting or fostering a dog would be a huge gift as well. If you can donate please contact Michelle at 352-302-2664 or mail your gift to CCFAP, PO Box 1164, Inverness, FL 34451. So now, when someone asks, “Who let the dogs out?”--you can proudly say “I did!” Thank you. We are so grateful!