One of the greatest needs for animal rescue groups is temporary foster homes. Many groups don’t have a shelter and rely on their network of foster homes to care for their animals until they find forever homes. Organizations that do have shelters frequently need foster homes for very young kittens or puppies and special needs animals or when their shelter is full. Click here for a previous story on becoming a foster pet parent.
Royal Potcake Rescue in metro Atlanta is currently seeking to add to its foster home network. In 2013, the organization found homes for a total of 306 animals - 247 dogs and 59 cats. With more foster homes they can significantly increase the number of adoptions in 2014.
Founder and Executive Director Judy Marshall recently sent out the following plea for new foster homes:
We need foster homes in the Atlanta/Tucker area. We usually adopt out our animals within a month, so no one ever gets ‘stuck’ with a foster animal for a very long time. We provide all the food and supplies - the foster home only provides love and socialization! We ask our foster homes to bring their foster pet to the Northlake Festival Petsmart in Tucker on Saturdays, but they don't have to stay with them for the full day -- only 11 am drop off and 3:30 pm pick up (if not adopted). All the animals on our website need a foster home. We also are planning to bring back 10 potcake puppies from Abaco on January 19, so will need even more foster homes then! If you can foster, please email or private message me so we can do paperwork and home inspection (required by Georgia Department of Agriculture).
The puppy pictured above is Pilot Potcake – a seven-month old sweetheart who is currently available for adoption. Click here if you are interested in adopting Pilot Potcake or another animal from Royal Potcake Rescue.
About Royal Potcake Rescue
Royal Potcake Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit pet rescue organization with a mission to rescue, and spay and neuter Potcakes from the Great Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. They also rescue many animals in the local Atlanta area.
"Potcake" is the Bahamian term for the thick, leftover food that remains in the bottom of a pot of peas 'n rice after several reheatings. Traditionally, Bahamians fed potcake to the outdoor, indigenous dogs that freely populated the Bahamas. Hence the dogs have come to be known as Potcakes.
The island paradise of Abaco has many homeless dogs. After visiting many times over the years, the desire to do something about the unfortunate stray dog population was realized in 2007 in the form of Royal Potcake Rescue. It all began with bringing a single needy dog from the island, and quickly developed into a network of foster homes, and Abaco, local and internet contacts.