Listen up animal lovers: Memphis Animal Services (MAS) needs your help!
Officials are in desperate need of more people to foster cats and dogs.
Leaders with MAS said fostering is lifesaving and is critical for animal shelters. That’s why they held an open house over the weekend for potential foster pet parents to learn more information.
Inside the crates at MAS, you’ll find the faces of dozens of cats and dogs.
Some are playful and vocal, and others are quiet and shy. But they’re all in need of a home.
“We know that Memphis wants to live in a city where cats and dogs don’t die to a lack of space, and if we want that we all have to get involved, and fostering is a way most of us can do that,” said Katie Pemberton with MAS.
Pemberton said all foster pet parents are provided with food, bedding and other supplies for free. She said there are several ways you can help.
“You can take a dog out for the afternoon on a foster field trip, you can foster a week for transport, or you can foster until they get adopted with our general foster program,” she said.
Even the Memphis Tigers football team is getting involved.
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Players took the dogs out for a ‘foster field trip’ on Saturday.
But Pemberton said they still need more people to step up. She said it plays a role in saving a cat’s or dog’s life.
“It just provides a huge service for both that pet and other pets at our shelter. It opens up a kennel, it helps us learn important information about them, and it helps them get adopted,” she said.
If you’re interested in fostering or adopting, you can contact MAS at (901) 636-1416 or MAS@memphistn.gov.