HSSM, Petco recognize local foster hero during Foster A Pet Month

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HSSM Foster Hero Kelly Taylor with one of her fostered cats. Photo courtesy HSSM

The Humane Society of South Mississippi is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with the Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection by recognizing local foster hero Kelly Taylor for stepping up and saving animal lives in South Mississippi.

Taylor is a HSSM Foster Hero, volunteer, wife, mother of three human children and five fur babies of her own.

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Taylor has fostered nearly 400 cats and dogs for HSSM since March of 2012, all while being a military wife and traveling soccer mom, taking in hundreds of cats and kittens that were either too young to be adopted or had medical conditions such as ringworm or an upper respiratory infection.

Taylor also has fostered a puppy mill mom and babies as well as two other puppy mill pups.  She has been extremely diligent in caring for them emotionally as well as medically.  She is always willing to help out wherever she’s needed the most. She has even driven shelter pets to the ER for x-rays and volunteered at countless HSSM events. We are honored to spotlight her amazing work.

“Fostering is crucial to HSSM as many of our foster pets are extremely tiny, vulnerable and require around the clock medical care.  It is also fundamental that our supporters are able to get involved and have a direct impact in the lives of our shelter pets as we are a community based organization,” said Lori West, CEO at the Humane Society of South Mississippi.


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“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,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation.

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 $1 million in emergency product and cash donations to animal shelters. This commitment follows the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13 million to animal welfare ­organizations nationwide.

To learn more about the Humane Society of South Mississippi and how you can help, visit hssm.org. For more on the Petco Foundation and to take the Pledge to Save Pet Lives, visit: petcofoundation.org/pledge and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #SavePetLives.

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