With Guam returning to PCOR1, GAIN is asking for volunteers to temporarily foster a dog or cat in their home. The animal welfare organization is planning to place all adoptable animals into foster homes for the duration of PCOR1.
GAIN is recognized by the government as an “essential service” for its work operating the island’s animal shelter. “Animal welfare issues and abuse never stop. The pandemic has really challenged our capacity, but we’ll continue to do all we can to help animals in need,” said Alison Hadley, GAIN Executive Director.
By moving adoptable animals into foster homes, GAIN aims to relieve some space-related pressure on its facilities. “We’ve seen a dramatic drop in adoption numbers because of the pandemic, and our shelter’s capacity is stretched beyond its limit,” said Hadley. “By fostering a loving pet for a short period of time, volunteers can make a big impact in helping our island’s animals,” she added.
Foster homes provide pets with a caring setting, allowing them to socialize, learn new tricks, and ultimately become more adoptable. Pet fostering also helps address the limited space at the shelter during these uncertain times.
To learn more about pet fostering, please contact GAIN’s Foster Coordinator at: [email protected] or join the GAIN Foster Network Facebook page.
GAIN is also moving toward an on-line only adoption process, to reduce foot traffic at the shelter out of public health concerns. Pets and adoption applications can be found at www.guamanimals.org.
“During our last PCOR1, our foster families were amazing, and nearly 20 of our animals were adopted through a remote process. We are so thankful for all of our foster families out there and we hope this time will run even smoother and more animals will find their forever homes,” said Hadley.
GAIN will continue to accept animals during PCOR1. However, in order to protect public health, the shelter is asking for non-emergency animal intakes to be scheduled in advance. The shelter will accept scheduled animal drop-offs 7 days a week, between 9am and 12pm. To schedule a drop off, please call GAIN at 653-4246 or contact the shelter via social media for availability.
Please note: Emergency intakes (injured, sick, abused, dying or animals that have bitten others) will be accepted at any time, but also need to be called in to the shelter when possible. For after-hours emergencies (after 5pm), please call 988-1615.
For questions or concerns, please contact GAIN at 653-4246, message us through Facebook or Instagram, or email: [email protected]
(GAIN News Release)