Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP) officials announced Rio Robertson as their Local Foster Hero, for stepping up and saving animal lives here in the Borderland.
Ms. Robertson started fostering in 2011, and over the past 9 years, she has cared for nearly 120 animals. She has fostered several bottle feeding puppies and kittens.
“She goes above and beyond to take care of her foster babies,” HSEP officials share. “She is currently fostering a litter of four puppies that she took since March. As you know, she has been dealing with lots of poo with those four pups. She’s just an awesome foster parent.”
The honor is part of National Foster a Pet Month with the Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers.
“Foster parents provide temporary homes for animals that aren’t quite ready for adoption. Fostering is a personal and wonderful way to contribute to saving the life of a homeless animal. We currently have over 80 volunteer foster families who care for 144 underage puppies and kittens, as well as animals with special needs,” said Deb Benedict, Executive Director, at HSEP.
“As a result of their dedication and generosity, we were able to ensure all our foster animals received the care and attention they needed during the COVID-19 crisis. We are grateful for the on-going support of the Petco Foundation, and, we are thrilled to recognize the dedication and contributions of Rio Robertson during National Foster a Pet Month.”
“It is an honor to recognize the Local Foster Heroes who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating the lifesaving
impact of fostering pets,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation.
“During the response to the COVID-19 crisis, we saw a significant spike in the number of people fostering pets. Our goal is to continue this trend, inspire more people to join the pet fostering movement and make pets sheltering in foster homes, versus animal shelters, the new normal. Because, if less than 2% of pet-owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate unnecessary euthanasia in animal shelters tomorrow.”
National Foster a Pet Month is part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives which encourages animal lovers to adopt, foster,
volunteer and/or donate this summer with a goal of inspiring 1.5 million pledges to match the approximate number of pets unnecessarily euthanized in shelters each year in the U.S.