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RVSPCA works to find local pets a Home for the Holidays

Program asks families to foster dogs and cats for a week around Christmas

ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke Valley SPCA is working to find a foster family for every pet this weekend, giving them a chance to experience what it's like to have a home for the holidays.

The Home for the Holidays program has been running for more than a decade, finding every animal that's eligible for adoption a place to spend Christmas. Anyone who is willing to open up their home to a new dog or cat is able to participate.

It's a program that gets the animals out of the shelter and gives SPCA workers a chance to spend more time with their own families as well.

"Even though we know pets don't understand the holidays other than there's more stuff to play with," says Sylvie Peterson, director of community engagement. "People get that warm and fuzzy feeling when they think they can bring joy to a pet over the holidays. We get a lot of excited people who want to come in and do something."

The animals will be picked up starting on Thursday and Friday. There's also an early-morning option for Saturday. They'll stay with the families for about a week, returning to the SPCA after Christmas. 

It's a program that gets a big response from animal lovers year after year.

"You could be a cat person, a dog person, you could have resident animals," says Meghann Cords the foster care coordinator. "It doesn't matter. As long as you have the ability to care for the animal over the holidays, we would like you to become a foster."

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