Greenville Animal Shelter Seeks Foster Parents After Kennel Cough Outbreak

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Upstate animal shelters are running out of space to care for animals. Just two weeks ago, South Carolina declared a state of emergency for all shelters.

On top of that, Greenville County Animal Care faces another hurdle. If you don’t want to commit to adopting, you can always help.

“It’s for dogs like Garrison, he’s a perfectly sweet and very nice dog but he’s a bit cold and you can’t keep him in the general population. As we all know colds are very contagious” said Paula Church, community coordinator for Greenville County Animal Care.

Greenville County Animal Care sees approximately 18-20 dogs per day, as well as cats. In addition to an already stressed facility, many dogs have kennel cough.

“It’s noisy, it’s stressful in a kennel, and it’ll take them a little longer to get over it,” Church said.

Kennel cough is easily treated with medication, but Church says dogs heal faster in a home. That’s why she asks for foster parents.

“They are the ones providing the care these animals need when they need it most. so fostering is really as important as adoption,” she said.

If you decide to foster a dog or a kitten, you will receive everything you need: leashes, food, medicine, crate and more.

Nancy Goike raised over 100 animals, mostly kittens. She hopes others will enjoy it as much as she does.

“Just watch them grow, prosper and change right before your eyes,” Goike said.

Dogs with kennel cough can be housed for about 7 days. Small kittens can be bred until they weigh 2 pounds.

“If we can get all of the healthy, treatable adoptable animals into the community as foster families, that leaves us more of a resource center and gives more time to the animals that need to be here,” Church said.

The shelter says they desperately need foster parents for kittens and dogs. It’s a pretty simple process, you fill out a survey and they match you with a pet. If you are interested, click here