CHAPEL HILL, N.C., June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The founder of Petfinder.com, Betsy Saul, has announced the launch of her newest mission-driven website, 911fosterpets.com.
"While we have found over 25 million forever homes for adoptable pets at petfinder.com," Saul says, "pets' lives are still being lost daily purely due to lack of space or unrealistic time limits on length of stay at a shelter. I am still haunted by some of the special souls I met along the way that just needed extra time to find homes. Our new website, 911fosterpets.com, will be dedicated to finding short-term foster families for these urgent animals."
The mission of 911fosterpets.com is simple: create a foster revolution to give these pets the extra time they need so they can live.
Eric Theis, who, with his wife, Traci, is a cofounder of the site, says, "People don't realize that many pets about to be destroyed only need a temporary place to crash--sometimes less than a week. Then these pets will be moved to a rescue group or to their new forever homes. I have to believe if people knew they could save a puppy or kitten's life by letting it stay with them for a few days, they would act now to save them. We are providing that platform."
The site is easy to use. Animal shelters post pets that are urgent (typically meaning they will be destroyed in 72 hours or less) and potential foster families view them. Foster families can search the urgent pets in their community with various search criteria, including length of time they can foster a pet–starting with less than one week. Once a foster family sees a pet they would like to help, they simply click the foster button to be connected with the shelter where the pet is currently housed. Individuals can also sign up at http://911fosterpets.com/join.html to be notified when new urgent pets in their community are posted.
"This will only work," Traci Theis adds, "if caring people step up and provide short-term shelter for these urgent pets. We're confident that there are thousands of people who want to make a tangible difference in pets' lives but cannot make a long-term commitment. Now they will have an opportunity. 911fosterpets.com will introduce them to the pets who so urgently need them."
To learn more, go to www.911fosterpets.com
Eric or Traci Theis
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