Castaway Critters has an unbelievable foster care program! Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience and is literally a lifeline for an animal whose future is uncertain through no fault of his or her own. Opening your home and heart to a foster animal requires a true commitment to the health and happiness of an animal – just like you give to your own pets. Below are some frequently asked questions from new foster moms and dads. 1. Won’t I get attached? YES! For the time that he or she spends in your home, your foster cat or dog will be like your own. They’ll not only look to you for food and water and bathroom duty, but also for companionship, play, and love. Our foster parents do sometimes kiss their babies goodbye with tears in their eyes, but there is joy mixed with the sadness. Their love and sacrifice are the reasons a homeless cat or dog has found her forever home. And if that place in your heart can fit another, there is always one more waiting for the safety and love only you can offer. 2. What will it cost me? Castaway Critters will pay for all medical care for our fosters. You simply take the cat or dog to the approved and authorized vet office when needed or for spaying/neutering, etc. We do receive donations of food and litter from time to time and will make it available to you. 3. How do people find out about my adoptable cat or dog? All our adoption animals are on the Castaway Critters website (www.castawaycritters.org). The website synchronizes with many national adoption sites, such as Petfinder.com. This gives them exposure for adoption. Additionally, you are encouraged to bring the cat or dog to weekly adoption events when you are able. This gets their adorable little faces into the public eye, and some people just can’t resist! Still not sure? Email your questions or concerns to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On July 23rd we wrote a story about an amazing rescue effort in our community. On Saturday, July 21st Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals took in 31 puppy mill dogs – one was slipped in for good measure! We were only expecting 30. We now need to make up for the rather large vet bill that comes with a rescue of this size. Bill Forgy is championing a subs, kaiser and pretzel sandwich sale. Orders are due August 12 and delivery date is August 21. If you can help sell or would like to order, email bill at email@example.com. Just one small way you can help even if you can’t afford to donate! To learn more about Castaway Critters, go to www.castawaycritters.org
On Saturday, Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals took in 30 puppy mill dogs that are being turned over by a kennel owner. The breed types include Pomeranian, Shih Tzu and Poodle. Most of the dogs are 5 to 6 years old. Many have had limited human contact and they all lived most of their lives in chicken style pens. They have been forced to undergo years of breeding. Project Liberty will provide these dogs with a chance for adoption into a loving home. Castaway Critters biggest need to provide these pups with a new chance at life is foster homes! If you can open your heart and home to a puppy mill dog, please apply online today at www.castawaycritters.org. They will supply all supplies and veterinary care! Please contact family and friends and help them get the word out! Castaway Critter is also requesting donations of dog food, crates, carriers and other supplies for these dogs. Good used and new items can be donated by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. All the dogs will be vetted and spayed or neutered prior to adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of these cute dogs, please apply on our website. Because these dogs have been neglected, there will be veterinary issues that are expensive! If you would like to make a donation to help these dogs, please go www.castawaycritters.org or mail your donation to P.O. Box 1421, Harrisburg, PA 17105.
Looking for a Big Dog? Help the CPAA find a home for Buddy! Hi, I’m Buddy. I’m approximately 3 years old and I’m a Pit Bull/Mastiff mix, but my foster mom thinks I bark like a hound dog. I’m a laid back guy who gets along well with my foster dog brother and sister. I have a tendency to howl when I meet another dog or cat for the first time, but my foster mom is working on teaching me better manners. I like to run and play but my favorite thing in the world is curling up with someone who loves me and just relaxing. I’m told that I’m a pillow hog, but your lap is my favorite place to sleep. I’m working on learning basic commands, like sit, stay and down. I’m crate trained and housebroken. I even do a little tap dancing when its time to go for a walk. My foster mom says I pull a little on our walks, so she gave me a back pack which helps a lot. I love meeting people, going for car rides and walking around pet stores. People tell me how handsome I am and sometimes they even give me cookies for being such a good boy! I have a lot of love to give and I’d like a home that will love me furever! I think I’d do best in a house with at least one other dog friend, as sometimes I get a little lonely. Cats are okay, but sometimes my whining makes them swat at me. I guess I’m a little excited with them, but we’re working on that too! I need someone who’s willing to help me continue to learn and in return I’ll be the best boy you’ve ever had! Hopefully I’ll see you soon! http://www.cpaa.info/dogs4adoption.html
Bentley is a cute little 5 year old Chihuahua mix. He was brought to a shelter on April 30, 2012 as a stray. The shelter was very full and Bentley was frightened there so the staff appealed to us to get Bentley into a better situation. Chi’s do not tolerate lots of noise well as they tend to be a high-strung breed. Bentley became a Castaway Critter and he is now ready for adoption. He is a real sweetheart. He gets along well with other dogs and cats. He is neutered and up-to-date on standard shots. If you would like a great little buddy to walk and snuggle with, Bentley is your man. Chi’s are low-maintenance from an exercise point of view and they are generally dedicated to their owner. They are best in homes without small children. If you can provide Bentley with a great new life, contact Castaway Critters at 831-5010 or apply online at www.CastawayCritters.org Castaway Critters will be at Pet-a-Palooza on Saturday, June 2 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event will, be held at PA United Church Center, 900 South Arlington Avenue, Harrisburg, PA. The event features some of the lovable, adoptable homeless animals in the Central PA area from local shelters and animal rescues. Bring the family (including your well-behaved, vaccinated pet!) and enjoy a day of festivities, pets, contests, music, raffles, & auctions!
Matilda is a shy cat who lives outside and got an early Mother’s Day present, a litter of kittens! One of our kind hearted clients is helping Matilda raise her babies inside where they can all remain safe. Unfortunately, there is no room in her house to keep all of them, so we need to find them loving homes. Here are a few pictures of the cuties. The mostly white kitten is Dustin. The two grey tabbies: Doodles (the littlest of the two) and Spunky. The grey-peachy one is Andre’. They are just starting to try and eat kitten food on their own. If you are interested in offering one them a forever home, please contact us at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County.
Cataway Critters is one of our favorite local rescue groups. Here’s a profile on one of their favorite cats, written by a foster parent! For more information on how you can adopt Pretzel or any of Castaway’s pets, vist http://www.castawaycritters.org/. “Hi! I’m Pretzel, an-8-month old kitten with lots of energy for chasing things. I love to be held & snuggled when I’m ready for it. I’ll even ask for snuggles! I have impeccable litterbox habits and am good with other cats and dogs. I am considered special needs since I have facial nerve paralysis and am blind or at least have decreased vision in my right eye. All this means is I can’t blink my right eye so I need over-the-counter artificial tears drops 2-3 times a day to keep my eye from getting too dry.”
Our friends at PAWS are having a special St. Catrick’s Day promotion this Saturday and we had to let you know about the great cats and kittens available for you to take home. You can check it all out from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at PAWS’s Pet Smart adoption center locations in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Lancaster, and Lebanon. All PAWS cats and kittens will be Irish for the day, and, in celebration of that, the adoption fee will be a discounted fee of only $17! You don’t need to dance a jig or dress in green to give forever homes for our fosters on March 17! E Harrisburg 4200 Derry St Harrisburg, PA 17111 717-558-7642 Mechanicsburg 5900 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 717-795-2449 Lebanon 1125 Quentin Rd Lebanon, PA 17042 717-273-8070 Lancaster 1700 Fruitville Pike Lancaster, PA 17601 717-481-9902