Susan Struble, foster volunteer at Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters has been recognized as one of 22 National Foster Heroes by the Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers in celebration of National Foster a Pet Month in June.
Struble has been instrumental in Furkids’ efforts to save even the most seriously injured and ill animals, fostering over 1,200 cats and kittens while focusing on medical cases that need extra care. Once her fosters are ready, Struble works to find them the perfect loving home through the Furkids adoption center she manages.
“I’m humbled and grateful to be recognized for doing lifesaving volunteer work that I enjoy,” Struble said. “I’m grateful to be a part of Furkids Animal Rescue that takes medical cases and their commitment to saving feline lives.”
Struble said her favorite part of volunteering with Furkids is nursing kittens back to health and neutering and returning stray cats.
“It warms my heart seeing a cat that couldn’t walk take it’s first step or the tiniest bottle kitten grew into a healthy kitten and find their forever homes,” Struble said. “It brings me to tears telling my foster’s cat’s story to adopters but with every tear there’s joy of accomplishment.”
Struble has worked to build referrals and awareness of the center, taking it from 1 to 2 adoptions per month to as many as 15 in one week. On top of that, Struble is out in the field, helping ‘trap-neuter-return’ countless cats, bringing them into the Furkids program when possible.
“Susan is a miracle worker, and Furkids is grateful for every day that she dedicates to our lifesaving efforts,” CEO and Founder of Furkids Samantha Shelton said. “We can’t imagine anyone better suited to receive recognition as a Petco Foster Hero, because that is what Susan Struble truly is.”
And, she is the primary caregiver for her adult son, who has serious ongoing medical needs.
“It is an honor to recognize the Local Foster Heroes who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating the lifesaving impact of fostering pets,” Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation said. “During the response to the COVID-19 crisis, we saw a significant spike in the number of people fostering pets. Our goal is to continue this trend, inspire more people to join the pet fostering movement and make pets sheltering in foster homes, versus animal shelters, the new normal. Because, if less than 2 percent of pet-owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate unnecessary euthanasia in animal shelters tomorrow.”
National Foster a Pet Month is part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives which encourages animal lovers to adopt, foster, volunteer and/or donate this summer with a goal of inspiring 1.5 million pledges to match the approximate number of pets unnecessarily euthanized in shelters each year in the U.S.
In addition to mobilizing the animal-loving public to help local animal welfare organizations save lives through the COVID-19 crisis, the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives included $1M in emergency product and cash donations to animal shelters. This commitment follows the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13M to animal welfare organizations nationwide.
Because of her efforts with Furkids, Struble is receiving a prize pack with BOBS from Skechers shoes. Her lifesaving work is also being honored along with her National Foster Hero peers on petcofoundation.org. Struble also received a surprise thank you visit from Furkids CEO and Founder Samantha Shelton and the Furkids team, complete with balloons, a gift card and a lawn sign recognizing her home as a Furkids foster home.