Pet Stories: Mars

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) If you’re looking for a furry friend that’s out of this world, you’re going to want to meet Mars! He is an affectionate 10 year old black & white domestic shorthair cat.

He was adopted from the Roanoke Valley SPCA 10 years ago when we was a kitten, and through no fault of his own, finds himself homeless. We are hoping viewers will fall in love with this senior gentleman and give him a family again.

Mars has some possible osteoarthritis, given his age, and would do well with a family he wants to give him all the time he wants in a warm sunny spot in front of the window, or curled up in your lap on the couch. He's also a talker, so you can binge Netflix together and then have a chat afterwards!

But, if for some reason, he is still in the shelter for the holidays, he would be perfect for the Home for the Holidays program.

The RVSPCA is promoting its annual Home for the Holidays foster program. They want the entire shelter to be empty as a result of adoptions for the holidays, but the reality is, that won’t happen. However, the goal is for each and every pet at the shelter to enjoy the love and joy of being surrounded by a family.

This is why the Home for the Holidays foster program was created. For a span of 4-6 days, families can foster one of the adoptable! Pick-up can occur on December 21st or December 22nd, and drop-off is on December 26th or December 27th. As with any other foster, the foster family is provided with all supplies needed to care for the pet while they’re staying with the family; everything from bowls to food and toys and bed and blanket and treats, etc.

To apply, a Foster Application must be submitted and the foster coordinator, Meghann, will talk with applicants. The biggest requirement is that all resident pets must be fully vaccinated.

At the end of the foster period, the foster family simply brings back the pet and supplies!

But what happens if the foster family falls in love and wants to adopt? That can be arranged! Let’s turn a foster into an adoption, affectionately known as a "foster failure."