As organizations try to reduce the risk of exposure to the new virus, which causes COVID-19, many pet shelters in the metro Atlanta area have encouraged people to foster animals.
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Decatur's PAWS Atlanta put out a call earlier this month for fosters not only for critters at the no-kill shelter, but also for the many cats at Java Cats Cafe. The shelter has placed more than 75 animals in foster homes since then.
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thanks to all of our fosters (new and old), volunteers, and staff we have placed over 75 animals in foster since Saturday 3/14. OVER SEVENTY FIVE! Holy cow!” read a PAWS Facebook post.
Best Friends Animal Society, which partners with Atlanta's LifeLine Animal Project and shelters across the nation, also asked that people foster pets.
"We just see a tremendous response from the community after this call out for fostering," spokeswoman Nichole Dandrea said in a statement to WABE.
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, based in Alpharetta, has also asked people to foster pets.
Studies have shown the benefits of having a pet. Plus, fostering cannot only help save an animal's life, but it can stop feelings of loneliness.
“We just don’t want people to feel alone, and when you have an animal in your life, you’re never feeling alone,” Ganzert told “Today.”