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Fostering Animals Could Lead To Adoption

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Animal shelters around the state are running out of space to house the animals they take in.  One person in Bozeman is opening her home to shelter animals.

Marie Stordahl has been fostering animals for more than ten years, and only about a year and a half at Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter in Bozeman. 

She said she started taking in animals out of her love for the pets and people.

"Initially in Portland there was an ad in the paper seeking volunteers and I've always been drawn to animals, have my own pets," said Stordahl. So I started volunteering there and it's a great way to meet new people."

After spending ten years in Portland, Maine, Stordahl moved back to Bozeman with her husband and was looking to take in more pets.

"I knew it was something I'd meet people that are like minded, people I would make friends with," said Stordahl.

 Right now Stordahl is sheltering a dog and a few kittens, and she loves every moment of it.

"I like bringing home the puppies and the kittens because it is fun, but then the best part is when they find new homes," said Stordahl.

Some of those pets find homes with Stordahl.

"There's some that come into your home that you know they are never going to leave," said Stordahl.

But, what about the pets that do leave?

"I've stayed in contact with some of the adopters of the foster pets that were in my home," said Stordahl.

Heart of the Valley Volunteer and Education Manager Emily Wallace says fostering animals helps the pets get adjusted to a home.

"Foster parents welcome these pets into their homes providing them with a safe, quiet, loving environment 24 hours a day," said Wallace.

Wallace says right now about 15 families regularly foster the shelters long stay cats or dogs, kittens or pets with special needs. She hopes that number will grow as 11 pets have been there for at least six months.

"We are looking to grow our foster program and it is getting to be kitten season and we need we are in need of more foster families," said Wallace.

Wallace wants people to know, it would be virtually no cost to them. Heart of the Valley provides food, medical treatment and basic supplies to people who foster animals.

Stordahl said people should give it a try.

"We have choices about how we spend our free time and I would encourage people to give it a try," said Wallace.

If you would like to be a foster parent to a pet, click here.

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