Farmington Animal Shelter in Need of Foster Homes as Kennel Population Rises – The Journal

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Stacie Voss, director of animal welfare at Farmington Animal Shelter, is keeping a puppy from a litter that will soon need a foster home on Thursday. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

FARMINGTON – With the Farmington Animal Shelter nearing capacity, animals that are too young or in need of special care need a foster family until they can move into a permanent home.

The Farmington Animal Shelter building was constructed in 2013, and although the shelter is run by the city, a task force outfitted the shelter and sold sponsorships for rooms in the shelter. Each animal room is labeled with the name of a sponsor or a company. So many sponsors have come forward that even some kennels are named after them.

“We have animals that are not yet ready to be adopted; a lot of them come in too young, or we have animals that need medical attention or more socialization or something like that, ”said shelter manager Stacie Voss. “The refuge is not a very good place for these animals; they are more vulnerable and need care and need to be in a home, so that’s where our foster homes come in.

The responsibilities of foster care include giving this attention – feeding, toilet training, exams and vaccinations – and looking after the animal only. However, the foster parent does not pay for anything, such as food or veterinary treatment.

Sarah Buell, volunteer and foster mother at Farmington Animal Shelter, takes a dog outside. Buell has raised hundreds of animals in her home over the years. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Voss said the shelter has recently seen an influx of animals.

“Our COVID bubble has burst,” Voss said. “During the closures people weren’t bringing animals. They were home and looked after their animals and adopted very well too, and that seems to be gone.”

Voss stressed that adopted animals are not returned. The influx is made up of “new animals”.

The shelter sterilizes and sterilizes all animals. They are vaccinated and in good health before leaving with adoptive parents.

Fifty to 60 cats and 60 to 65 dogs are to be adopted. Farmington area animal control staff bring stray animals and have access to the facility 24 hours a day. If shelter workers are away, animal control staff members install the animal with them. food and water in a doghouse.

“You just need to take those weak, fragile babies out and into a loving home environment where they become better pets,” Voss said. “Living in a metal cage for weeks is not a good life for them, so being in that foster home, being healthy, socializing, eating well …”

Voss said euthanasia is only performed when medically necessary and rarely due to space or a limited number of foster families.

Sarah Buell has taken in animals for the Farmington Animal Shelter for the past three years. Before seeing the need and becoming a foster parent, Buell started out as a volunteer dog walker after learning that a friend of his had started walking to the shelter.

“The first time I handed over a dog that didn’t want to return to the kennel, I cried and promised ‘I’ll be back tomorrow. I’ll be back tomorrow, ”said Buell. “And until it was adopted, I did.”

Buell said it was right after that. She goes to the shelter almost every day and walks or plays with the dogs. Now that she’s welcoming some of those who need them most, Buell has said she won’t be welcoming more than two puppies or three kittens at a time because her family already has four dogs and two cats.

“It’s just that ‘I promise that I will give you everything I can, until you find your permanent home,” ”said Buell.

The kittens at Farmington Animal Shelter on Thursday will need a foster home soon. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald)

Jerry McBride / Durango Herald

The most rewarding part of the foster care placement, said Buell, was seeing the animals come to their loving ‘furever’ homes and knowing that the kennel space then opens up for other animals. .

“Puppies and kittens that maybe don’t get the socialization they need very young, that you (as a foster family) can give them,” said Buell. “You are able to give them love, to let them know that people care about them and that they can be touched, and that’s a good thing because they don’t always come knowing that. . “

The shelter needs people to provide reception care. For more information, visit

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