Greater Good Charities, with the support of longtime partner Mars Petcare, has launched a new foster program, Good Home, which is designed to connect shelter pets with potential fosters. The program also provides educational support and training to foster volunteers and shelters through Mars’ Foster to Furever program. The program is the latest collaboration between the organizations aimed at ending pet homelessness. Over the course of the decade-long partnership, Greater Good Charities has helped facilitate the donation of more than 100 million meals from Mars Petcare and its brands to shelter dogs and cats in need across the country. The two organizations have also worked closely to place thousands of pets in loving forever homes through multiple joint collaborations.
The Good Home and Foster to Furever programs will help facilitate foster matches for pets in need and lift some of the stress on the animal welfare system, Greater Good Charities officials reported. The program allows potential pet foster volunteers to search registered animal shelters near them to be matched with a pet in need. For animal shelters that register with Good Home, the team will help find local pet foster volunteers, provide instructions on how to manage the foster list, and offer training and resources to support a successful foster program.
“The need for foster families is steadily increasing once again, and the introduction of Good Home and Foster to Furever will make it more seamless to connect foster families with pets in need,” said Silja Schiller-Moumtzidis, director of global shelters and pet adoptions at Mars Petcare in McLean, Va. “Collaborative programs and partnerships like this help us reach our goal of ending pet homelessness, and help more animals find loving homes.”
The Good Home program and Foster to Furever program will be run by two websites, one for dog and one for cat, both presented by Mars Petcare brands. FidoFoster.org, presented by Pedigree brand, and FelineFoster.org, presented by Royal Canin, are resources for the Good Home communities that are focused on improving the care for homeless dogs and cats by supporting a national network of foster caregivers and helping animal welfare organizations become foster-centric.
“Greater Good Charities believes fostering pets is a key solution to the animal shelter overpopulation issue and finding at-risk pets forever homes,” said Liz Baker, CEO for Greater Good Charities. “Our shelter partners have been reporting that adoptions and fostering have slowed in 2021, and we want to be able to support them with a sustainable program during this challenging time and beyond.”