According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 60% of dogs and cats that enter animal shelters in the United States are euthanized. Many of these more than 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized due to dog and cat shelter overcrowding. A new website, FosterSpot.com, aims to relieve shelter overcrowding through fostering by creating a nationwide network of temporary dog and cat foster homes.
Hoarding cases in which cats are removed by the local SPCA, Humane Society or Animal Control put a sudden burden on cat shelters. Temporary fostering can lessen this burden, and shelters and rescue groups can reach out to potential fosters through an online network.
Both cat shelters and cat foster parents can register on the website. Cat shelters can register their organization and list specific cats that need temporary fostering. Registered users can leave detailed information including warnings (i.e. “not good with other cats”) and special care needs. Potential fosters can browse foster listings and register to receive email alerts from a specific shelter about a specific species or breed. Fosters can then contact the shelter through the website and work out a fostering arrangement.