Newport News animal shelter wants foster families to clear the cages for Christmas

Posted at 3:47 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 17:31:05-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Whether you’re looking for a new best friend or just a playful pooch for a few days, this holiday, you can make a difference for an animal in need.

Around 200 other fur babies at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter need a home for the holidays.

The Newport News animal shelter is now accepting applications for its Christmas Holiday Heroes Foster Program.

“We’re looking to find every animal a Holiday Hero Foster Home for Christmas,” explained shelter coordinator Tiffany Webb.

The goal is to get the animals a home for the holidays and possibly beyond the celebrations.

“That would be the dream come true - not only for the animals, but for our staff who is caring for them,” said Webb.

They’re looking for Holiday Hero foster families to open their homes from December 22 - December 27. Think of it as a vacation for a pet who could really use a few nights away from all the hustle and bustle of shelter life.

“Maybe you can’t always adopt right away, so the Holiday Heroes program is a great program just to give the animals a break, let them kind of decompress a little bit,” said Webb.

Cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and more are available for adoption. People will be asked to fill out a questionnaire so that staff can pair them with the right pet for their home and lifestyle.

“We are pairing them based on the needs of that animal and the dynamics of that family, so every family is a perfect family; we just have to find the right pet for them,” explained Webb.

Anyone in Hampton Roads is eligible to foster an animal at the Newport News shelter, which will provide all the food and supplies.

“Anyone can be a Holiday Hero, whether it’s short-term fostering, or you can long-term adopt and make a difference.”

If you have extra room in your home and in your heart, you can give the gift of love by clearing the cages for Christmas.