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TAILS hopes to find doggie foster parents

Published: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 9:26 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – TAILS Humane Society is partnering with PETCO to save the lives of up to 150 dogs and puppies from overcrowded shelters in Oklahoma and is asking area residents to provide foster homes for some of the animals.

PETCO has provided space for TAILS to have two adoption events Oct. 27 and 28 at PETCO stores in Schaumburg and Elmhurst, but the dogs must be cared for from the day they arrive Oct. 12 through the last day of the event Oct. 28.

TAILS can be reached at 815-758-2457. Residents can indicate what breed, size and age of dog they would be willing to foster, as a variety will be available.

Beth Drake, executive director for TAILS, said this is the first adoption event of this size the organization has ever undertaken, but she has worked with the Oklahoma shelters for about three years. She said there would be an emphasis on larger and medium breeds.

“It’s a pretty groundbreaking event,” she said. “The more foster homes we can find, the more lives we can save.”

TAILS veterinarians will perform health exams on each animal when they arrive Oct. 12 and ask anyone interested in fostering to come pick up the dog as soon as they can because the dogs will arrive in three waves throughout the day.

TAILS will notify those interested what time of day their foster animal is expected to come in by Thursday.

The PETCO Foundation will provide a crate, two-week supply of food, blankets, towels and newspapers to all foster volunteers.

Dogs will get a behavior assessment before fostering and will be vaccinated, micro-chipped, flea and tick treated, dewormed and heart-worm tested. Volunteers are asked to transport their foster animal to the adoption events Oct. 27 or 28 and stay with the pet during the event if possible, as it gives the dog a better chance of adoption.

Drake said there also would be a group of dogs coming Oct. 25 for those who cannot commit a full two weeks.

Those who do foster the animals will have priority adoption fees of $75 for adult dogs and $200 for puppies if they would like to keep the animal.

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