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Florence-Lauderdale Shelter hopes you can foster a pet

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Shelter volunteers hope families can foster an animal for the holidays, and maybe even adopt one. Shelter volunteers hope families can foster an animal for the holidays, and maybe even adopt one.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A Shoals animal shelter is asking the community for help in spreading some holiday cheer to animals waiting for adoption.

Volunteers at the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter are asking for people to open their homes and foster one of their shelter pets for a day or longer next week. It's a project they call ‘Home for the Howl-a-days

"We were talking one day how the animals don't get to spend any time with a family, kind of jokingly," began Debbie Rapphun.

Soon afterward the lighthearted comment turned into reality. "The dogs can at least get out and foster for Christmas, and if the people want to come a few days early, that would be great, and if they want to keep them a few days after, that's fine too," Rapphun continued.

Volunteers are hopeful some community members will decide to foster the dogs until they can find a forever home, but a temporary home is better than none at all, they said. Not only will the change help the animals, but it will help lighten the load at the shelter.

"There's three of us that work all holidays, and it would give us some time to spend with our families too; but we're going to be down here if there's animals here, so we're hoping it will work," said Rapphun.

If you want to help foster one of the animals over Christmas, all you have to do is show up at the shelter and the staff will be glad to help you out.

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