Now you can foster a pet for a few hours or a few days in Las Vegas

It started as a sort of computer date, and when Cristian saw Rosie’s photo, sparks flew.

That was in early June. Cristian and Rosie have been together ever since, spending free time together, traveling and accommodating themselves to one another’s lifestyle. Cristian has noticed that Rosie, who used to be very shy, has come out of her shell a bit since their relationship began, and Rosie probably has noticed a few changes in Cristian, too, even if she can’t articulate them.

That’s because Rosie is a 3-year-old American pit bull terrier that Cristian Salas is caring for as part of the Animal Foundation’s foster program.

The program pairs foster caretakers with shelter animals that aren’t yet ready to be put up for adoption. And while a typical foster relationship may last for as long as a few weeks, the Animal Foundation has unveiled a new twist to its program that allows Southern Nevadans to foster a pet for as little as a few hours on a Sunday afternoon to a three-day weekend.

Alec Petronsky, the Animal Foundation’s foster coordinator, said the option offers pets a beneficial respite, even if only for a few hours, from shelter life. At the same time, it allows persons who aren’t able to adopt or fully foster a pet to spend a few hours of quality time with a worthy dog, cat or, even, rabbit.

According to Petronsky, an animal may be fostered because of medical issues or injuries — pulled muscles or wounds, for example — that have to be healed, or socialization issues that have to be corrected before they can be put up for adoption. Foster caretakers also care for animals that are too young for adoption or who are recovering from giving birth.

Whatever the reason, fosters “give that specialized care that we at the shelter simply don’t have the resources to do,” Petronsky said.

The foundation currently has about 600 active foster caregivers, he said, and the new short-term foster option is a chance to expand foster care to more animals.

“So now, basically, if you have a three-day weekend coming up or a day off and want to take an animal to the park or want to just spend some time with an animal at home, you’ll be able to come to our adoption department, find an animal, spend a little time with it, and just take it home for the day and bring it back the next day or after that long weekend.”

“We do have an application process. There is a vetting procedure,” he added. “But we try to remove excessive barriers.”

Salas and Rosie are examples of fostering’s benefits to both human and pet. Salas grew up around dogs, but his lifestyle and schedule — he’s an academic coordinator at UNLV and sings in two bands — make adopting a dog difficult.

“It’s hard,” Salas said. “I live in a two-bedroom condo. I grew up with dogs that had yards, so it kind of kills me that she has to be indoors.”

And whether he and Rosie take their relationship to the next level, Salas is happy that Rosie — who has lost much of her initial anxiety and skittishness since moving in with him — is happy.

“It just feels good, especially with Rosie doing a complete 180,” he said. “She smiles every day now. I know she loves her life now.”

Contact John Przybys at jprzybys @reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0280. Follow @JJPrzybys on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Local
Lights FC coach Eric Wynalda lost his home in California wildfire
Eric Wynalda, coach of the Las Vegas Lights FC soccer team, talks about losing his home in the deadly California wildfires during an interview in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Women face issues from Essure birth control implants
DeVonna "Kat" Normand said she had complications from the Essure birth control implants. Normand uses her Sin City Heat show at 22.3 TakeOver Vegas Radio internet radio station in Las Vegas as a platform to raise awareness about Essure and connect with other women who have used the device. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Truancy and Clark County schools
Tony Stark, one of 23 attendance officers with the Clark County School District, have a tall order tracking down students who aren't in school.
North Las Vegas Water Meters
Randy DeVaul shows off the new water meters that the city is installing.
Project 150 Thanksgiving 2018
About 100 volunteers for Project 150 box Thanksgiving meals for high school students and their families in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Three Square’s Maurice Johnson Talks About Food Waste
Three Square’s director of operations Maurice Johnson talks about food waste.
Parade preparation nears completion
Downtown Summerlin prepares for its annual holiday parade.
Clark County Wetlands promotes 2019 Wetland Walker Program
This year the park will be celebrating the Northern Flicker. The program is designed to teach about that bird, and encourage people to visit the Wetlands and walk the same distance the bird migrates each year.
Poet’s Walk Henderson introduces storytelling
Residents enjoy a storytelling activity.
Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like