Volunteers always needed!
FOSTER - Temporary housing and care for a shelter animal, which means it is safe from the hazards of the shelter. There are animals that have an open-ended foster, which means they will remain at their foster home until their permanent family/adopter falls for them and takes them to their forever home. Foster animals are still promoted by NKHC and attend adoption events when appropriate. There are also animals that need a short-term foster. Perhaps they are waiting for transport to a rescue or to their adoptive home, but need to be out of the shelter immediately. Some short-term fosters may only be for a day or two. Fosters need appropriate secured yard and/or indoor space. Kennels can be used - especially for night time, puppies, etc., but the fostered dog/puppy should always have ample time out of the kennel and outdoors, if appropriate. Foster cats and kittens are always restricted to indoors only. We have foster applications available and home checks are part of our process.
SPONSOR - Typically involves a monetary commitment to a particular animal. A person can sponsor the adoption package fee, or a training fee if a dog needs a little help with behaviors. Some rescue groups are more inclined to take an animal if some of their costs are covered. There could be a transport fee, veterinary care, shots, etc. If there is an animal you want to sponsor in any way, send us a message and let us know. Sponsoring could make the difference in whether a certain animal gets adopted.
ADVOCATE - Every animal in the shelter needs an advocate. someone to take a special interest and make a commitment to see that dog or cat through to its successful removal from the shelter. When a photo touches your heart, share it on Facebook, call people, contact rescue groups, send an email, tell your co-workers and friends - Be Proactive. Visit him or her at the shelter and spend some time playing, talking, petting, giving treats, etc. Make it your goal to find a sponsor, find a foster, find an adopter - get creative and do whatever it takes to make the shelter stay as short as possible.
TRANSPORT - There are several reasons why we need help with transporting animals - sometimes in multiples. Animals may need transportation from the shelter to a rescue group or their new home. There are animals that need transportation to the vet or spay/neuter clinic. If you have pet crates, carriers and kennels that's great. If not, we'll do our best to make it work so you can help with transport. Typically, a transporter is responsible for fuel costs.
If you are interested in volunteering and helping with any of the above, or in other ways, please send us a message