TYLER (KYTX) - The holidays are a time for families and loved ones to come together. But some of our furry friends who are waiting to be adopted don't get that luxury.
The SPCA of East Texas has adopted out more than 800 pets this year alone. However, there are still dozens of other pets that ultimately need a forever home, but just need a warm lap for the holidays. Max and Ruby, 5 year-old miniature pinscher siblings, are a part of the 130 pets in the program looking for a place to call home.
"These guys came to us because their owner could no longer care for them," explained Heather Davis, SPCA Foster Coordinator. Davis says, ironically enough, the need for foster homes skyrockets during the holidays.
She believes it's because most people travel and leave their home. Since the program doesn't have a permanent shelter and is a no-kill organization, Davis says they rely completely on foster homes for their friends waiting permanent adoption.
"We're at an all-time high so that means we're at an all-time in need too," said Davis. Dogs like Max and Ruby were well taken care of before, but others like Prissy, a one-eyed shar pei, weren't so lucky. "[Prissy] was left outside," explained Davis.
"She went through the heat of summer in a cattle pin." Davis says fostering pets is not as difficult as you might think. SPCA can provide the food, leashes, crates and even beds. "All the foster family needs to provide is the love and attention," said Davis.
"The holidays are a time of giving, so what better way to give back to your community than taking in a homeless pet for the holidays."