Shelter home created a program to send shelter dogs to families’ home for a special Thanksgiving dinner. Hear about the details!
Thanksgiving is a special time of the year and no one should have to spend it alone – especially shelter pets!
A shelter home came up with a wondrous idea
This exact though cross the mind of Christie Chipps Peters, shelter director of Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC). “I was feeling so sad about the dogs being alone in the shelter for Thanksgiving”, said Christie. That is why she came up with the idea (four years ago) to make this day more special for shelter pets. Like most of us, she loves Thanksgiving dinner. This occasion is perfect for family and friends get together to eat, have fun and celebrate life. “Wouldn’t it be fun if people could invite them (shelter dogs) over for Thanksgiving dinner?”, said Christie.
She immediately made arrangements with the local community. In no time, more than 36 animals were leaving the shelter to spend that special day with a great foster family! According to Christie, these pets got a magnificent meal and plenty of attention from guests.
First Thanksgiving dinner, then full-time adoption!
“People who’ve never considered fostering before reached out to us so excited to host one of our animals. More than half of the animals that year were adopted, either by the family themselves or someone who met than through the family”, said Christie.
Now, the Thanksgiving Foster program is about to celebrate its fourth year. The number of pets that have a foster family for this occasion has nearly tripled thanks to the high number of participants. “It’s a fun twist to a traditional fostering situation for people who might’ve never done it before”, said Christie.
For all of you who are considering the proposal of the RACC, waste no more time and invite a foster dog over to your house. They also deserve a very special family dinner!