Challenge under way to recruit foster families for shelter pets

Janet Rowland

Mesa County Animal Services and the Roice-Hurst Humane Society have joined in an effort to recruit 100 foster families for shelter pets in 100 days.

“The walls of our shelters are as a big as the community of supporters around us,” said Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland. “Support through fostering makes a tangible impact on the lives of many homeless pets and gives the foster the additional benefit of the company of a new companion for a little while.”

Anna Stout

Anna Stout, chief executive officer of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, said foster families provide short-term care to shelter pets in their homes. “When you foster an animal, you’re helping two pets: the one you bring into your home and the one we can now bring into the shelter due to that space opening up,” Stout said.

Donations of $150 to the Roice-Hurst Human Society through Sept. 21 mentioning the challenge also will count toward the goal.

Mesa County Animal Services is located at 971 Coffman Road in Whitewater and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends. For more information, visit the website located at

The Roice-Hurst Humane Society is located at 362 28 Road in Grand Junction and open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. For more information, visit