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Posted on: November 13, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Santa Rosa Animal Services offers Home for the Pawlidays short-term Thanksgiving foster program

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Foster a pet this Thanksgiving through Santa Rosa County Animal Services (SRCAS) Home for the Pawlidays short-term foster program! The shelter is once again over capacity and is asking the community to help foster some of the community's most vulnerable animals through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Foster parents can pick up a pet from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tue. Nov. 21 or Wed., Nov. 22, foster them through the Thanksgiving holiday and drop them off Mon., Nov. 27 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The shelter will provide everything a foster parent needs to care for the animal, including food, toys, treats, harnesses, and leash.

This program gives pets a break from the shelter environment and the opportunity to spend the holidays in a loving foster home. Foster homes give the shelter great insight into the animal's behavior and reduce the number of shelter pets to care for during the holidays. While these animals are in the loving care of foster homes, the shelter can focus more effort on finding homes for the animals still in the shelter, making room for the fosters to return after the holiday.

Those interested in this program should complete a foster application and check out pets needing foster homes. Staff recommends scheduling time to meet animals before picking them up for fostering, all pets available for adoption online can be fostered.

The shelter asks that foster parents take many photos and videos of their temporary pets and share feedback on their behavior, likes and dislikes. For more information, call the shelter at 850-983-4680.

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Santa Rosa County Animal Services' mission is to build a society where every animal is treated with compassion; we provide humane shelter and care for the approximately 3,500 lost, displaced and victimized animals who enter our doors every year. Our services protect animals and educate the community through outreach, intervention, and enforcement. To learn more, visit

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