Edmond program to give pups a good start

BY DIANA BALDWIN Published: March 28, 2009
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photo - Foster volunteers are needed for a new program designed to keep puppies in homes instead of the shelter. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY CITY OF EDMOND
Foster volunteers are needed for a new program designed to keep puppies in homes instead of the shelter. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY CITY OF EDMOND
EDMOND — Animal Welfare officials are looking for volunteers willing to open their homes to puppies during the first months of the animals’ lives.

Volunteers would be part of the Puppy Foster Program just getting started in Edmond.

"The goal of the program is to maximize the potential for socialization and training, and minimize the potential for disease for the puppies in our care,” said Jim Fish, Edmond Animal Welfare supervisor.

Foster volunteers should be flexible and love animals, Fish said. They will be on call and notified when puppies come in. The puppies will be given their preliminary shots and placed in a foster home within 48 hours of arrival at the shelter. Volunteers will care for them through their second shots and take them to the veterinarian when it is time to be spayed or neutered.

"Once the puppies have been spayed or neutered, the fosters need to be willing to bring the puppies to the shelter on Saturdays until they find a home or until they are old enough to safely reside at the shelter at about four months old,” Fish said.

Volunteers must live in Edmond and complete an application at animal welfare’s headquarters at Interstate 35 and Covell Road. Once preliminary approval is granted, an animal welfare officer will be assigned to inspect the applicant’s home. If the inspection is approved, a police background check will be conducted.

"We are hoping to positively impact the quality of care for our shelter puppies, and to maximize the opportunities for many deserving puppies to find great homes in the city of Edmond,” Fish said.