Thinking of getting a pet for Christmas? Try foster program - KCTV5

Thinking of getting a pet for Christmas? Try foster program

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

Pets are popular Christmas presents from parents to their children, but too often the cute puppy loses its luster and the dog is returned or abandoned. Some animal shelters are letting families foster pets to ensure a new furry friend is the best holiday present.

Olathe's animal shelter is one of a number of shelters participating in the foster program called "Home for the Holidays." Nearly a dozen dogs and cats can be fostered through Olathe's program.

The goal of the program is to increase adoption and lower the number of pets housed at the shelter.

"We've been very pleased at the results. Like I said, you get to try it before you buy it," said Theresa Baehr of the Olathe animal shelter.

In four years, only one animal has ever been brought back.

"Families who take these animals out decide they want to keep them and make them a permanent part of their family," Baehr said. "With the economy, people are having to surrender their animals because they can longer afford them (meaning many are available), and our adoption rates are very affordable."

It's just $10 to foster a cat or dog, and if you decide to keep them, the cost is likely less than $30.

Most of the animals are trained and house broken. And the unconditional love they will give you is free.

The program starts Monday and is only offered each year before Christmas. In Olathe, the program is only available to Olathe residents. Check with your local shelter to see if they are offering a similar program.

Click here to see more about the Olathe animal shelter and a list of pets available for adoption or fostering.

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