Wake County Animal Center needs adoptive parents

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — The Wake County Animal Center website shows they currently house more than 100 animals. About 30 animals are waiting for their furry homes in foster homes.

The center says foster parents are their greatest need right now.

Foster parents play an essential role in providing animals with temporary shelter until they are adopted. Foster parents can provide personalized care or help socialize some of the shelter’s most needy animals.

Joanne Duda, foster home coordinator at the center, said the biggest needs are for foster homes for large dogs and cats.

“We need foster parents for the kittens as they cannot be made available for adoption until they are at least 2 lbs. and 8 weeks of age. We need the help of parents foster homes for underweight pets, pets requiring minor behavioral modification, and pets recovering from treatable illness,” Duda said.

Foster parents open up more room on the adoption floors, allowing the shelter to bring in more animals. Depending on the animal, foster homes typically stay in a foster home between two and 12 weeks, the WCAC said.

Duda has bred animals herself for over a decade.

“I can only hope that by helping these animals become the beloved pets they were meant to be, they in turn will bring so much to the lives of their adoptive families,” Duda said.

To house an animal, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid NC driver’s license
  • Have proof of medical, auto and home or renter’s insurance
  • If you are renting, provide proof of permission from your landlord that you can have pets in your home
  • Be able to isolate the foster animal from family animals for an initial period of 10 days
  • Live and house pets in Wake County (or be willing to drive pets to and from the animal center if you live outside of Wake County)
  • Current pets must be up to date with their vaccinations and spayed or neutered.

Click here to learn more about how to apply to become a host family.

Benjamin M. Yerger