Foster pet program approved in Klamath County

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A program that allows for ‘foster care’ of pets held in protective custody is now in place in Klamath County. The program would allow ‘foster families’ to care for dogs being held pending court action.

“It’s a foster care agreement for us to foster some of the animals that are in protective custody,” explained Jim Nielsen of Klamath County Animal Control.

Klamath County Commissioner Jim Bellet adds that the board has had some liability concerns, “The original owner could come back after the hold is off of that dog, and say, ‘You abused my dog.'” Nielsen added, “There’s always a possibility a dog could get out from wherever it’s at.”

Nielsen said that the program targets dogs held in legal cases, “An animal that’s been abandoned, possible neglect, or abused animal that isn’t dangerous.”

The program will help to free up space at the animal shelter.

Commissioner Bellet added that care homes will be screened carefully, “There’s certain rules and regulations that the people have to abide by, if they are going to be a foster family.”

Despite liability concerns, the board approved the program by unanimous vote Tuesday.

“We’ll see how it works out,” said Commissioner Bellet. “But I think it’s a good program.”

Similar animal foster care programs are in place in several other communities.

The program in Klamath County is patterned after guidelines from the Oregon Humane Society.

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