Every summer Companion Animal Alliance faces a big problem. 

“This time of year is crunch time for us. Intake of animals is extremely high, and adoptions typically drop,” Emily Jackson, the Development Director of CAA, said. 

Jackson says adoption rates drop in the summer months because students are away, and many people who adopt the animals are LSU students. This combined with the timing of the animals’ reproductive season causes overcrowding every summer.  

“It’s kind of like fishing season if you think about it that way. There’s a high reproductive season for kittens and puppies, and that’s typically in the spring. So it makes sense that come summer we’ve got lots of puppies and kittens that come into the shelter,” Jackson said.

The solution to the problem: fostering. 

“This is Tanner. Tanner is a terrier mix, and he is seen years old. He’s very young at heart as you can tell,” Caren Pourciau said.

Caren Pourciau is a volunteer and foster mom at CAA. She has fostered more than 20 dogs over the years and has found a home for each. 

“Some of them do take a little piece of your heart because I hear people that say, ‘I could never do that. I could never foster.’” 

Caren admits it can be tough, but she says it’s worth it.

“When you know the impact, it’s a joy to send them on to a new home so you can foster another one.”

She encourages everyone to give fostering a try. 

“When you understand that by fostering you’re not just saving the one that you foster by helping them get adopted. You’re making room for one at the shelter because you’re freeing up a kennel.” 

You can sign up to be a foster on CAA’s website, but if you aren’t ready to be a foster mom or dad, there are other ways to help.

“Whether that’s a $5 donation or if you have extra dog toys or a kennel that you no longer use, anything is greatly appreciated to help that foster community."