Have you considered adopting a dog or cat but are unsure of what size or breed would be best for your lifestyle? When you adopt a pet, it’s a permanent lifestyle choice for the next 10-15 years; it’s best you are absolutely sure of your decision. Luckily, there are other ways to ensure you make a smart adoption decision and you can help out other animals in the process.
By fostering a dog or cat in your area, you can prevent them from living in an overcrowded high-kill shelter by giving them a nice home, even if it’s for a few weeks, or even a few days, before they are officially adopted.
Last March, Alison Eastwood, founder of the Eastwood Ranch Foundation, launched FosterFurkids.com to connect rescue groups and animal shelters with potential pet fosters and transporters. To talk more about this incredible rescue organization, we talked to Alison Eastwood about how she started FosterFurkids.com and what you should expect if you foster a pet.
Q&A with Alison Eastwood
What events or people in your life led to your passion for animal rescue?
I grew up in a beautiful natural environment on the Central Coast of California. My parents were very much animal and nature lovers. I think it just lent itself to my appreciation of it all. I think I’ve always loved nurturing animals. Some people love animals and some don’t. It just came with me.
What inspired you to launch FosterFurkids.com?
My rescue partner came up with the idea because we were having problems finding fosters. We used other websites like PetFinder and Adopt-a-Pet for people to find adoptable pets, but we realized we couldn’t find fosters. It should be a national thing. With the way of the internet, there should be a national free database for people in the rescue community for people who want to be in touch with each other and save more lives. It was born out of necessity.
For readers who are unaware, what exactly does your organization do? Does it take dogs off streets and out of shelters and put them into homes? How do you find the animals?
We focus on pulling dogs and cats from high-kill shelters and we aid in the rescue of stray dogs. We also support a lot of nonprofits. We try to take dogs that are on the red list — dogs set to be put to sleep because they’ve been there too long or there’s something wrong with them behaviorally or medically. We try to help out shelters if we send out a plea. A lot of shelters are over-packed and we help with a lot of hoarding cases. All of a sudden, there will be 40 cats coming from someone’s house! There’s a woman in the desert right now with 56 dogs who are all breeding. We end up with lots of interesting stories. We usually stick to our community in Southern California, but we have also taken dogs from Mexico and have sent animals to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. There are so many states close to us that don’t have an overpopulation problem.