Visions of humans danced in their heads: Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter offers holiday foster program

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…

Interested in changing that?

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) hopes families can make room for a furry friend this holiday season. 

At any given time, WCRAS houses between 200 and 300 cats and dogs. Their foster program gives the animals and shelter staff a break for the holidays. 

“It gives us a good opportunity to work with the animals that need us most,” Misty Valenta, WCRAS Community Programs Coordinator, said. “It also allows us to serve the animals better and gives the staff a break.” 

Those who want to invite a cat or dog into their home for the holidays must fill out an application to foster. The animals must be picked up on Dec. 23. The shelter asks that foster families keep the animals until Jan. 3 but they are open to families who are unable to make the time commitment. 

“About half of these animals will get adopted in some way,” Valenta said. “Whether it be by a family member who comes to visit for the holidays and falls in love, or the foster family. Sometimes photos get shared on social media of the pets and a friend will want to adopt them.”

The goal is to completely clear the shelter. 

“Each of our animals have their own personalities,” Valenta said. “Some come alive when they go into a home. Some calm down and become more comfortable when they get out of the shelter. Give them the gift of warmth and comfort.”

The shelter is located at 1855 S.E. Inner Loop in Georgetown, and is open weekdays from noon–6 p.m. and Sat.–Sun. noon–5 p.m. For more information, visit https://pets.wilco.org.

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