It’s been a busy few days for the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. From Friday to Saturday, the organization has taken in 120 new animals. And it’s takes a lot of work and space to welcome them in. The front office and the small animal room are now housing the overflow

“It’s been a weekend where the staff has made sure to eat their Wheaties in the morning and gotten to cleaning and moving and trying to get animals up and out,” Kennel Manager Laverne Aventi said.

The staff is moving things around to take in all of the animals walking through its doors. Out of the 120 coming in over the 3-day span, most are cats. Aventi manages the kennels and said there’s many reasons behind the uptick, yet one in particular. 

“It’s people who have too many. They realize they have too many unwanted litters because people don’t spay and neuter, their cat gets out, their dog gets out and really it only takes one time,” Aventi said. 

Yet people like foster mom Tara Stammer are helping provide a home and helping the space issue. 

“A kennel isn’t a home so having the ability and the space to give even one cat a home is definitely a calling that I feel I need to do,” Stammer said. 

She’s fostering kittens Paka and Mau, but now has plans to give them a more permanent home. Laverne said fostering can be the first step to finding that forever home.

“I just felt like it was my turn to give back to the animal community. They give so much to me in love and support and everything, so I thought it was my turn to give back,” Stammer said. 

The Humane Society said fostering is free for anyone who qualifies. The society will provide food, blankets, toys and even a bed for anyone who wishes to foster. 

For more information, visit the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society website.