Aransas Pass Pet Owner Promotes Fostering to Reduce Shelter Population

Tina Spears, 37, served as a former Ingleside Animal Control Of_cer, but has always called Aransas Pass home. Now an employee with the City of Portland, she has started fostering pets as they transition to permanent homes out of state, encouraging other people to do the same. (Ingleside Index)

	Aransas Pass Pet Owner Promotes Fostering to Reduce Shelter Population
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Spears’ foster, ‘Skippy’, seems to have adapted well to her Aransas Pass home, lazily lounging. Wendy McDonald, a local pet rescue advocate and friend of Tina’s posted ‘Skippy’s’ photo among other canines when she launched a new Facebook page called “Ingleside Animal Friends” (https://www.facebook.com/profile. php?id=61555337706086), to encourage participation in fostering. (Courtesy: Wendy McDonald )

	Aransas Pass Pet Owner Promotes Fostering to Reduce Shelter Population

Treat time at the Spears home brings her three dogs together and ‘Skippy’ (second from left). Tina’s other pets include a shih tzu (far left) named ‘Nugget’, a Great Dane named ‘Blue’ (second from right), and a callaloo named ‘Skully’ (far right). (Courtesy: Tina Spears )

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With Tina, relaxing in the family’s living room, the extra ‘guest’ doesn’t know he’s in transition. Much like fostering a child, dogs Spears will look after are considered temporary residents, the period in between the time they leave the shelter and arrive to live with an adoptive family can vary. (Courtesy: Tina Spears )

	Aransas Pass Pet Owner Promotes Fostering to Reduce Shelter Population

Fostering can cause some heartache. The first night ‘Skippy’ spent in the Spears home you can see there was no fear or anxiety in the animal, quickly finding an attachment with one of Tina’s daughters. Saying goodbye will prove difficult when the dog moves on to its adoptive family. (Courtesy: Tina Spears )

	Aransas Pass Pet Owner Promotes Fostering to Reduce Shelter Population

‘Blue’ and ‘Skippy’ play tug of war while one of Tina’s children plays a video game nearby. Judging how a dog associates with other existing pets in a household is another measure of success in fostering. (Courtesy: Tina Spears )

	Aransas Pass Pet Owner Promotes Fostering to Reduce Shelter Population

Skully’ (left) and ‘Skippy’ get some down time to rest after play. (Courtesy: Tina Spears )

Aransas Pass Pet Owner Promotes Fostering to Reduce Shelter Population

Looking through the metal grates of cages that make up temporary homes for unwanted or abandoned pets, it’s hard not ...

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