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IACS seeing more foster families during COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 5:00 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 18:03:33-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Local animal shelters have had to make some adjustments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leaders with Indianapolis Animal Care Services said they have been operating under appointments only and have been trying to slow down their intake. The organization is also working to keep space free for animals that may have to come in because their owner is hospitalized.

Officials at IACS said the organization has seen a lot of support from the community during the novel coronavirus outbreak and a record number of foster families.

"We gained over 125 new foster home to get animals out and at this time we are now hosting more animals in foster homes than we are actually at the shelter," Katie Trennepohl, IACS deputy director, said.

Cassidy Stinson and Noah Gausman are one household that fosters animals for IACS.

"It's really rewarding getting these animals to their forever homes, helping them from a rough situation," Gausman said. "They usually come to us sick or stressed from a kennel and we get them in a better environment to heal and become the best versions of themselves."

The need for foster families will continue as kitten season approaches.