PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – will launch its third annual “Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays” Program along with hundreds of shelters and rescue groups across the country from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

The goal of the program is to spread awareness about fostering and to find temporary homes for adoptable pets. Staff and volunteers at each organization will be available to answer questions about the fostering process and to help select a pet who will be a good match for the foster family’s lifestyle.

First created in 2009, the Foster A Lonely Pet For The Holidays program was inspired by Greg Kincaid’s book and movie, “A Dog Named Christmas,” about a young man who sets out to convince his community to participate in a local animal shelter’s inaugural “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program.”

Many people aren’t aware of just how important fostering is among the animal welfare community. Petfinder notes that tragically, many animal shelters across North America are forced to euthanize adoptable pets simply because they are overcrowded. However, by fostering many of these adoptable animals, people can give these pets a safe place to stay while they wait for their forever homes.

For more information and for a list of participating shelters and rescue groups involved in the “Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays” Program, go to

Reported By Nan Talleno, KYW Newsradio

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