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Animal rescue shelters lend pets to loving homes for holidays

Baltimore's Animal Rescue and Care Shelter is allowing loving homes to borrow its residents over the holidays, allowing their kittens, puppies and other animals to spend the holidays in the warmth of someone's home.

The shelter is taking part in a national campaign called Foster a Lonely Pet, a three-year-old project by national pet adoption website Petfinder.com, The Baltimore Sun reports. The project was started because shelter workers noticed that shelter animals are often forgotten around this time of year. At the same time, many people are interested in charitable acts.

"I've heard from people who did it that it was the nicest spirit of giving thing they did all year," said Betsy Banks Saul, Petfinder's co-founder. "It brings the holiday spirit in the house and can really help to make a pet more adoptable."

Fostering animals is more than a charitable act, according to Petfinder.com. In addition to bringing a family joy over the holidays, it is a large step in helping the dog find its forever home. Experiences with families can help socialize a pet to help them thrive in a number of different environments.

About 1,500 shelters across the country have participated in the holiday fostering campaign since it was launched. 
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