HSWC RECEIVES FUNDING AND RECOGNITION FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVEN ADOPTION PROGRAM
The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC), a leading agency in the field of animal welfare, today announced the award of $4,500 in grant funding endowed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The grant will fund the HSWC’s nationally recognized “Traveling Foster” program. The goal of the “Traveling Foster” program is to empower volunteers to foster as well as adopt out homeless animals. The grant monies will be allocated to the Humane Society’s Foster Care department, which will pursue adoption of over 1,000 animals facilitated by volunteer “Traveling Fosters” in 2016. The project is headed by program creator, Sonia Nicholson. Ms. Nicholson, the society’s Foster Care Manager, created the “Traveling Foster” program in 2013 as a way to expand the capacity of animals the shelter rehabilitated and placed. Since its inception, animal shelters across the nation have implemented similar programs seeking Ms. Nicholson’s consultation. “This gift from the ASPCA has enabled us to expand our Foster Program initiatives,” said Nicholson. “The ‘Traveling Foster’ volunteers make room in their homes and hearts each year for homeless animals allowing the shelter to expand its capacity of care. The benefit of the ‘Traveling Foster’ program is animals are housed temporarily in loving foster homes while awaiting adoption. Once the animal is ready for placement, Traveling Foster volunteers also facilitate the animal’s adoption to their new family.” The Traveling Fosters program is a part of a national Adoption Ambassador movement providing home-to-home support giving dogs and cats a better chance at finding homes by expanding adoption reach and engaging volunteers as adoption counselors, talent agents and foster parents at the same time. It lets adopters receive more detailed information about an animal’s behavior in a home environment and improves quality of life while awaiting adoption. The adoption processes mirror those done in the shelter. For more information visit hswcmd.org.