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August 15, 2001 10:10 PM

Humane Society Needs Animal Foster Families

Owners of 27 dogs and two ferrets could face charges after Animal Control officers raided their rural Garretson home Tuesday afternoon. Officers found the animals without food or water. For now, the animals are at the Humane Society, but until the court decides what to do with them, they can't be adopted. That's why the Humane Society needs foster families. Buster was born at the Pet Planet in Yankton. During that court battle he spent 8 months with Brad and Lori Fossen in Sioux Falls. "When it came down to the very end, just the thought that we might have to give him back was about more than we could take." Buster never left. The Fossens adopted him and now their dog, Chance, has a permanent four-legged friend. In all, the Fossens have housed Humane Society dogs 6 times. Buster's the only one they've kept, but every dog gets a name. "It's satisfying to take an animal that's either sick or has been abused, and kind of watch them blossom," Fossen says. Just two weeks ago, the Fossens said good bye to a foster dog, and that's the hardest part. "Every time when the last foster dog leaves, walks out the door, I turn to Brad and say, that's it, oh I'm never going to do it again. And then of course we always do." Foster families are important in getting a sick or abused dog ready for adoption. Many of them aren't socialized, or used to being in a home. Foster says, "A lot of the foster dogs that we've gotten didn't have any idea how to go up and down stairs." Including Buster, but now he can do all kinds of tricks. Every year the Humane Society takes in 7-thousand animals. They're always looking for foster homes.
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