Inspired by the book (and TV movie) A Dog Named Christmas, many shelters offer a special foster program for the Christmas holidays. Foster parents generally pick up a dog or cat a day or two before Christmas and return the pet to the shelter the day after Christmas. (Of course, there’s the hope that you very well might find a new member of your family with that foster visit and just be returning to finalize your new pet adoption!)
Here’s a flyer for our local shelter, the Humane Society of Williamson County which this year is offering holiday fostering December 23-26. (We’ve adopted from this no-kill shelter twice and highly recommend it to any Austin-area pet lovers looking to add to their family!)
Wherever you live, if you’re interested in fostering over the holidays, call around and ask if any shelters in your area are offering similar programs. At the very least, you’ll be giving a dog or cat a few days of well-deserved attention in a home setting, time that will help socialize the pet and increase their chances of adoption!