Despite a staffing shortfall, "Austin Pets Alive" is still looking for foster homes.
AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) — As the organization battles with a COVID-19-related staffing shortfall, Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is still encouraging the Central Texas community to foster dogs and pups.
This week, APA! needed 50 dogs to be fostered and picked up, with nine of those dogs being adopted and 32 being placed in short-term foster homes by late Friday. There are still nine pets in need of foster homes.
"Many staff are out due to so much COVID exposure over the holidays in so many communities," stated Dr. Ellen Jefferson, president and CEO of Austin Pets Alive! "We're in critical need of homes for 50 dogs of various ages and sizes who need to be cared for so that the other pets on campus may be cared for by the unseen dog care staff and volunteers."
Staff and volunteers will be able to provide the required care for the remaining dogs while staff members recuperate from the virus, according to the group.
APA! said it is attempting to find prospective foster homes and make plans for the remaining animals until staffing levels return to normal. During an emergency, both new and old fosters are welcome.
This form should be filled out by anyone interested in providing a temporary home for a dog.