Interview with Foster Coordinator Stephanie Schamber

The importance of Foster Program during COVID-19

Back in April Stephanie gave an update on our Foster Program and thanked our foster families.

Did you know that Stephanie is a foster parent herself?

In 2019 we rescued 10 puppies from McLennan Park. Stephanie fostered 3 of them, but you will never know this about her, because she would rather talk about the other foster families that she works with on a daily basis.

How has the Foster Program changed since COVID-19?

Stephanie took over the Foster Program last year and in her own words “took it apart and put it back together.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of families signed up to foster our animals grew from 65 to 95.

Why is the Foster Program even more important during COVID-19?

In previous years the only animals that were placed in foster care were moms with litters, orphaned puppies and kittens and animals recovering from medical procedures. The 484 animals that were fostered in 2019 represent roughly 17% of the total number of animals rescued.

Since the Humane Society closed its doors to the public due to COVID-19, in March, 353 animals have been rescued. 212 of those animals were placed in foster care. That’s 60% of the total intake!

Currently, the Humane Society remains closed to the public. The number of staff in the shelter is limited and adoptions are only being done by appointment. The Foster Program ensures that the animals continue to receive the care, love and attention they need until they find their forever homes.

What is Stephanie’s favourite part of her job?

Not surprisingly “it’s watching the puppies and kittens grow in foster care into their best fluffy selves and ultimately finding their forever homes.” It’s not uncommon for the foster parents to assist with finding forever homes for the animals in their care through their own social networks.

On behalf of all of us at the Humane Society, I want to thank our foster families for their dedication and to recognize Stephanie for continuously improving the Foster Program.

If you are interested in adopting a shelter animal please visit our adoption pages.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, here is where you can find more information.

The Foster Program is just one of many community programs offered by the Humane Society. For a full list visit our website and if you can, consider making a donation, to help us continue offering these programs in your community.

Article by: Anya Barradas, Manager, Marketing and Communications