We HSUS staffers who toil in front of computer screens and aren’t directly involved in rescues have seen those videos too. And sometimes we feel a little left out and wish we could do more.
But when word went out last year that the HSUS needed foster homes for cats seized from two properties in western Pennsylvania, more than a dozen staffers jumped at the chance to get directly involved with rescued animals (and nine of them wound up adopting their new feline friends).
It all started in October 2019, when HSUS rescuers and local law enforcement and humane officials saved 184 cats, three dogs, two mice and 18 chickens from overcrowded, deplorable conditions. The animals spent several months receiving medical care and TLC in a temporary shelter as the court case played out. The rescue team issued the call for foster volunteers shortly after COVID-19 shutdowns began in 2020.
“In our biggest time of need, HSUS staff blew us away by opening up their hearts and homes,” says Shalimar Oliver, animal crimes manager for the HSUS. “There are no words for how grateful we are to them.”