St. Joseph Bay Humane Society helping people foster pets

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society says now is the perfect time to foster a pet.

St. Joseph Bay Humane Society says now is a good time to foster a pet while many people are at home. (WJHG/WECP)

The leaders at the humane society say while many people are home from work and school, it's a good time to welcome a new pet into your home.

In Port St. Joe, animals are getting a second chance at finding a forever home. While Gulf County animal control is furloughed, due to the coronavirus, the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society is helping people take care of pets.

"so any animals that are found as strays we are actually asking the community to temporarily house them and we can provide every material that they need whether that’s food, a crate, bowls, leashes, anything to make sure they safe and we’ll equipped," said Caitlin Godwin, Adoption Coordinator, St. Joseph Bay Humane Society.

Amanda Lucas is the director of the no-kill animal shelter. She says even a little bit of help goes a long way.

"Once they pass through our door, they stay put, and they become a resident until they find a foster or a new family," said Lucas.

Godwin says now is a good time to foster a pet if you're considering adding a new family member.

"A lot of people are thinking about adopting because you have a lot of time on your hands now and a lot of people are working from home which is nice, so they can come in, pick out the animal, and if they like them they can keep them forever, so it's a great way to test out and see if pets are for you," said Godwin.

The humane society is even providing free necessities to foster families-- and all Gulf County residents can get free dog and cat food if they're having trouble feeding their pet during this time.

Lucas also added that part of the reason they need fosters right now is because they're still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

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