Move over MTV’s, “Teen Mom.” The Nebraska Humane Society is currently offering all the drama from that “reality” show, but these moms are up close and personal. And, their stories are completely unscripted.
Take the mother boxer raising two pups on her own. The family came to the shelter as strays. Poor mama has a skin condition that is itchy, but her pups are just two weeks old and they need her. This shelter family is lucky in that a foster parent has offered to take care of them. The pups have to be eight weeks old and two pounds to get spay/neuter surgery. Mama, on the other hand, will have to wait to be adopted until her skin is healthy.
The shelter staff is following the story of the mother cat and her five, five-week-old kittens. They were found as strays and have been given shelter, food, warm blankets and toys. This family is waiting for a foster parent to care for them until they are big enough for their surgeries. Kittens must be eight weeks of age and two pounds for surgery. After surgery, the kittens can be adopted.
Another feline family has been at the shelter for three days, but the five kitten siblings are just one week old! This single parent is doing the best she can. At least now she has the help of shelter staff. But what they really need is to know what it feels like to be in a loving home environment.
And, who could resist the Chinese Crested family drama? This little black and white canine named Sarah was surrendered by her owners who said they didn’t have enough time for her. There was no mention of her late-term pregnancy. Staff was suspicious of her shape and she was X-rayed in the afternoon on May 4, 2011. The X-rays showed three pups. Little Sarah started giving birth that evening and by the morning of May 5, all three pups had arrived. This family is waiting for a foster parent, too.
All these stories end with the same cliffhanger: How much time and love are you willing to give to help these unwed mothers?
Agreeing to be a foster parent is an enormous commitment. Along with opening your home, you give your heart and time. The rewards that a foster parent reaps are immeasurable. For more information on fostering, contact: [email protected]
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