Leaders with God’s Dog Rescue, a nonprofit dog rescue organization based in the San Antonio area, are promoting the recent launch of a new virtual pet foster program.

The background

Representatives of God’s Dog Rescue said they are offering patrons a chance to donate monthly to a selected dog that has been within shelter care for several months.

According to a news release, with each monthly donation, the virtual foster pet will receive fresh food, seasonal treats, grooming, hygienic care, quarterly vaccinations and health screenings.

That way, the release stated, companion animals can be safe and well-supported while awaiting adoption by a permanent family.

Dig deeper

Officials with God’s Dog Rescue said it was important to highlight the new virtual pet foster program on May 20, National Rescue Dog Day.

The day was founded in 2018 by Lisa Wiehebrink, children’s book author and executive director of Tails That Teach, a nonprofit group that helps children learn to properly treat and care for pets, according to organizers.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters annually. Of those, about 4.1 million are adopted; 810,000 are returned to their owners; and 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized.

Officials with God’s Dog Rescue said their group rescues more than 1,200 pets each year as part of a larger effort to reduce the number of stray animals and increase the number of responsible pet owners.