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Foster a dog for the day? There’s a new local program for that

Only on 3: There’s a new way to help homeless and abandoned dogs in need of good homes in Southern Nevada. It’s an Animal Foundation program that lets you foster a dog for the DAY! It gets the dogs out and about, instead of being stuck in a cage all day.

There’s a new way to help homeless and abandoned dogs in need of good homes in Southern Nevada.

A program at The Animal Foundation now allows you to take home a dog, just for the day!

If you can’t devote all your time and energy to adopting a dog, fostering for the day might be the perfect fit for you.

It allows shelter dogs to get out and about, instead of being stuck in a cage all day.

John Barnes is a foster for The Animal Foundation. He loves dogs and admits he can’t pick a favorite.

“I love them all but I have a special place in my heart for the bully breeds,” said John Barnes.

On Friday afternoon, Barnes was walking "Dash" at Freedom Park.

The park is located across the street from The Animal Foundation.

“I get so much more from it than the dogs do sometimes,” explained Barnes.

Take a walk around The Animal Foundation and you will find plenty of pups in cages, desperate for human touch.

It’s why the shelter is now letting people foster dogs for the day.

Alec Petronsky is The Animal Foundation’s foster coordinator.

“Basically fostering for overnight, an afternoon or long weekend. Doing this helps improve the animals mental well-being. It gives them an opportunity to just get out of the shelter and be a dog,” said Alec Petronsky.

The program gives dogs love and socialization. Most importantly, the dogs are seen. That’s a big part in whether they’re adopted out or not.

“We're hoping when people come to take them out, it gets him a lot more awareness and gets him a good home,” said Barnes.

“He's fully ready to go and ready to be adopted,” he continued.

To find out how to become a foster, click here.

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