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The Harris County Animal Shelter Is Providing Canine Companions To Foster During Outbreak

Colby Smith Colby Smith

The Harris County Animal Shelter Is Providing Canine Companions To Foster During Outbreak

Need a quarantine buddy?

Social distancing can get lonely. If you need some canine company, the Harris County Animal Shelter will provide you with a pooch to foster over the course of the outbreak. [Featured image: @harriscountypets]

“We have had a large intake of dogs the past few days and we would like your help finding them a foster or forever home,” reads a post from the animal shelter on their Facebook page.

Since the onset of the outbreak, the shelter has received an influx of pets which has lead to overcrowding. In response, the animal shelter has started the initiative: “Spring Break Foster”.

Spring Break Foster allows residents of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller counties to pick up one of their animals without having to leave their car — now that’s a Spring Break event I can get behind!

If you’re interested, notify them first by email under the “Spring Break Foster” subject line. Then, download the Qless app. Find the Harris County Veterinary Public Health and follow the instructions through the app to secure your place in line. Visit the shelter at 612 Canino Road, park, and wait for updates through the app.

Once you’re up, the shelter will bring your canine companion out to your car and the two of you can go on your merry way!

If necessary, the shelter will also provide you with dog food.

In further accordance with social distancing guidelines, the shelter recommends that only one member of your family pick up the dog. The shelter states that it also has feline friends up for adoption!

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Their website notes the following:

“According to CDC and WHO, there is no current evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.”

No, you’re not in this alone. However, you can be less alone by fostering one of their animals or even providing it with a forever home!