Animal associations

The need for foster homes is increasing in Terre Haute

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – While the Terre Haute Humane Society is on a year-round search for foster animals, the need has increased as the weather warms.

Volunteer coordinator Maggie Wheeler said the need is there as “kitten season” has arrived.

“We’re in the middle of what we call kitten season,” Wheeler said. “The majority of kitten litters are born in spring and summer.”

Wheeler said animal foster homes have led to many successful adoptions.

“It’s great to get litters out at a young age so they’re socialized early on,” Wheeler said. “It makes it very easy for them to get adopted.”

Executive director Charles Brown said the number of admissions to the shelter increased by almost 100% during kitten season.

“Any given month we get 100 animals, and during kitten season we’re closer to 200 animals a month,” Brown said.

The shelter averages about 25 foster animals per month, however, Brown hopes to see that number double.

“Over the next two months, we’d like to see that number grow to 50 or 60 foster families,” Brown said.

Brown said the shelter can put together foster plans based on your individualized lifestyle.

“We try to adapt based on interests and time commitment,” Brown said.

To learn more about how you can become a host family, you can visit their website.