HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Give a pet a quiet night this holiday season.

Posted December 7, 2023 | 9:40 am

The Pet Resource Center encourages residents to foster or adopt a pet during the holidays.

When it comes to gifts for pets, there are always many options. But what if you had the opportunity to give a shelter pet the perfect gift at the perfect time: a home for the holidays, even if just for a few days?

The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center has created the Silent Night Foster Program, which places pets in foster homes for short periods during the holidays. Residents wishing to adopt a dog or cat will pick up the pet and pet food at the shelter sometime between December 20 and December 23.

They’ll provide a home and love, then return the dog or cat between Dec. 27 and Dec. 30, meaning the foster parent will only have the pet for four to 12 days.

This is the program’s second year, and shelter officials hope it will continue to provide many benefits. Bottom line: Kennels are meant to be a short-term home, not a long-term one, and some dogs and cats desperately need a break from a crowded shelter and the stress it creates. Additionally, pets that are in foster programs open up space at the shelter for other dogs and cats.

Often, pets are adopted by foster parents, their friends or family. Even if the pet is not adopted, foster parents can provide information about the dog or cat’s personality and traits, which helps potential adopters find the perfect match. You may meet your next best friend!

Information and photos of dogs and cats can be found at the shelter. online. Any pet listed as “ready to go” is eligible for this program. To promote, please visit PRC Foster Page Be sure to select Silent Night in the General Interests section to sign up.

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