Greenville Dog Examiner decided to do an article to bring the facts to those who follow the shelter, rather than allow untruths to flourish. Unfortunately, the end result doesn’t bring any closure to the animals in their care, as you will see as you continue reading.
Greenville Dog Examiner reached out by email to Susan Bufano, who is in charge of media coverage for the Greenville shelter. Susan passed the email on to Sue Canniff, Animal Care Supervisor and Shelly Simmons, Division Manager. Shelly was kind enough to get back to me within a few hours stating
“Thank you for checking with us first on this. The foster program has not been terminated. We continue to foster dogs and cats daily and we continue to focus our foster efforts for successful outcomes.”
Shelly, how can there be a “successful outcome” when a potential foster contacts the shelter in an effort to foster a dog named Domino, only to be told Domino wasn’t eligible for fostering, as he isn’t sick. The person wishing to foster Domino was sent the following email by Animal Care Supervisor Sue Canniff
“Thank you for your interest in Domino. Only dogs in our sick hold we can be fostered and it is limited to the time they require on medication. Currently he is not in sick hold. You are welcome to meet him in the adoption center and complete the adoption should that work out for you.
We hope to see you soon and hope Domino will find a home with you!”
The person wanting to foster Domino has met this beautiful dog and wanted to foster this boy. She was told fostering couldn’t be done until a rescue “pulled” him.
There are a couple of advantages to requiring a rescue to pull before finding a foster, the main one being it would put the responsibility of the dog on the rescue, and would most likely mean the dog or cat wouldn’t find it’s way back to death row when a GCACS foster could no longer care for the animal.
The demand for medical fosters is likely to go up if regular fostering has been cut for now. More dogs and cats will become ill from being in a shelter environment, making them eligible to go home with a foster until they’re well.
If a medical foster can work quickly, an adoption may be arranged before the dog or cat has to go back to the shelter. Does anyone know the percentage of dogs returned from medical foster who get sick again once they’re back at the shelter?
Why not attempt to get the pet into a temporary home as quickly as possible in order to prevent illness? An urgent animal can wait weeks before a rescue speaks up for it.
It’s understandable the shelter would encourage adoption over fostering, but many foster dogs and cats are spoken for by rescues within a short time frame. To not allow fostering of healthy pets means more are eligible for being killed due to lack of space.
The expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind to describe what’s happening to the fostering program, if healthy pets can’t be fostered.
Does the Greenville shelter still offer fostering of healthy pets? Shelly says yes, but Sue says no. Only one of these can be the correct answer. Why would the shelter want to eliminate a program that was working? Especially for a shelter that works so hard to promote the dogs and cats using social media.