Wag Heaven Pet Supplies and Self-Serve Dog Wash in Georgetown, Texas, is partnering with local rescue agencies and animal shelters to offer free pet food to individuals and families who have committed to foster adoptable dogs and cats. Partners include the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, Georgetown Animal Shelter and Georgetown Animal Outreach.
"We applaud those in the community who foster a cat or dog as a way to help shelters free up space for additional animals in need during the coronavirus pandemic," said Jeff Manley, co-owner of Wag Heaven. "We are doing our part to assist fosters with the added cost of feeding by providing bags of dog and cat food to them at no charge as a gesture of appreciation."
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the World Health Organization state that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19, Wag Heaven officials pointed out. But the coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic effect on animal rescue organizations in the city of Georgetown and Williamson County, officials said. All shelters are operating under an emergency plan with a great need to make more kennels available, officials added.
"Fostering a dog or cat is a great way to start," officials said in a press release. "Not only does becoming a foster parent get an animal out of a shelter and into a home, it frees up valuable space and resources, allowing the shelter to welcome even more animals in need. It also helps prevent unnecessary euthanasia. Even if it’s just for a short time, fostering plays an important role in successfully re-homing dogs and cats. Through fostering, homeless dogs and cats learn what it’s like to be a member of a family—a vital step on the way to finding a forever home."
Wag Heaven is also offering online ordering for curbside pickup and local delivery.