by Jessica Branton
Remember the time that summer meant having ice cream on the porch, playing in sprinklers and chasing fireflies? Yeah, us either.
Now summer means, “Oh my god, you’re SO close to Lake Tahoe! We’re buying plane tickets now…cool if we crash in your guest room?!” Awesome.
So right about now, that feeling of obligation settles in as you give in to your in-laws. And then you get to use some of your hard earned PTO to play host for a week to people who say “Nuh-Vah-Duh.” And let’s be honest, how many times is the baby going to be “sick” before they catch on to your game? Luckily, Nevada Humane Society has a solution for you. Instead of filling your guest room with tourists, fill it with something much cuter—baby kittens.
Every summer, Nevada Humane Society is inundated with kittens—receiving dozens every single day that are too young for adoption and need a place to crash for a couple of weeks. They are the ultimate house guests—providing hours of cuddles and entertainment. And they don’t require stopping at every slot machine in El Dorado to get a picture of Aunt Beth with her mojito. You simply bring them back when they are big enough for adoption!
All supplies are provided to foster volunteers by Nevada Humane Society (with the exception of pool floaties and tacky Tommy Bahama button-ups). All you need to provide is that guest room and an excuse to your in-laws about why you just simply do not have a place for them to stay. I hear the GSR has excellent rates this time of year…
If you’re interested in fostering, contact our Foster Care Coordinator at 775-856-2000 ext. 314. One-on-one training is provided and no experience is necessary. Applications are also available online at www.nevadahumanesociety.org.
Sign up to foster and avoid those awkward conversations with family members today. After all, who can argue with, “Oh, sorry cousin Sally, but the guest room isn’t available right now because I’m too busy saving lives.”
***Nevada Humane Society fully supports the tourist industry of Northern Nevada. We appreciate all of the out-of-towners who support our economy and share the beauty of our town with us…no matter how you pronounce Nevada.
Jessica Branton is the Volunteer Services Manager for Nevada Humane Society and guest columnist for Animal Files.