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Sick animals need foster homes now

By Doug Walker – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Outside the Humane Society shelter, it's a quiet morning.  Inside, there are cries for help.  Dozens of dogs and cats suffering from colds and other ailments are looking for someone to take care of them on a temporary basis. 

There is simply not enough room for them at the shelter, according to Foster Coordinator Jeneane Welding.  

"We have to have the foster parents here to actually relieve the pressure of having so many animals in the facility. We only have so much space in our facility for the sickened and injured animals." 

The cats and dogs come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.  But they all share something in common, the need to be loved. 

But there is also the bitter and harsh reality of the situation. If the sick animals are not adopted out to foster homes within the next few days they will be put to sleep.   Welding offers encouragement.  

"It's very important to get these animals out on foster, it actually saves their lives." 

One of those lifesavers is Gary MacKenzie of Long Beach. He has fostered many animals before and is here to do it again.  Mackenzie said the payoff can't be counted in dollars and cents.

"When one comes up and licks you on the nose or wants to play with you, it's just a warming feeling inside." 

Gary then met the newest member of his family, a cute little dog who acknowledges his benefactor with a shower of affection and a grateful wag of the tail.  Mackenzie said nothing can replace that feeling.  

"Nothing is more warming in the heart that to see the smile of an animal. And when I say smile, they're looking for that compassion, that loving kindness that you can give to an animal."

Kindness and a loving temporary home is all these animals want.

If you are interested in fostering, call the shelter at (228) 863-3354, ext 123, or email foster@hssm.org. You can also learn more about the program and download the application forms on the Humane Society's website http://hssm.org/help/foster/.

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