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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Foster a Pet for Thanksgiving

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“No one Should Spend Thanksgiving Alone: Foster a Pet for Thanksgiving” is the theme at Sumter County Animal Services this holiday. With 200 cats and dogs, the need to find homes is profound. If you’re thinking about a pet but not sure you’re ready to make a full-time commitment,  just want to give it a try or even just to give a pet a nice home for a few days, Sumter County Animal Services (SCAS) is looking for holiday fosters so that our animals can have a happy, cozy holiday in a home instead of at the shelter. Of course, adoption is even better.

If you are simply fostering an animal for SCAS, the dog or cat will still be available for adoption by the public (if they’ve already been neutered and vaccinated) and visible on the Petfinder page. Ideally, SCAS is looking for dogs and cats to be fostered by Wednesday, Nov. 23 and kept until at least Nov. 28. SCAS is closed Thanksgiving Day, November 24, as well as Friday, November 25.

People often like to share their Thanksgiving meals with dogs. The American Kennel Club says sweet potatoes, potatoes, turkey, apples, pumpkin and green beans – all preferably plain with no creams or spices – are all healthy foods for dogs. Unhealthy holiday foods include turkey bones, skin and gravy; stuffing; casseroles; onions, scallops and garlic; raisins and grapes; chocolate and sweet desserts such as pie; and foods containing spices.

If you’d like to warm the heart of a dog or cat, as well as your own, this Thanksgiving, go to or

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