Rescue Central Webinar Series – Fosters: Animal Rescue Rock Stars!

by Sharon Kutsop

October 17, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Presenters:  Jme Thomas of Motley Zoo and Kara Main-Hester from the Seattle Animal Shelter


Description:  Building a solid foster network is critical to maintaining the health and socialization of animals in rescue situations.  The presenters will share the experiences and strategies of two very different organizations in the management of their foster programs.  You will learn how to better find, empower, train and retain foster individuals and families.  Guidelines and best practices shared from the perspective of these two successful organizations will help participants improve strategies for success and keep fostered animals moving to loving final homes.


This is the first webinar in a four-part series.


About the Presenters:  This webinar will be presented by Jme Thomas, Executive Director of the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, and Kara Main-Hester, Ph.D., Manager of Community Support Functions at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

Ms. Thomas has been involved in rescue for more than seven years. Founding Motley Zoo Animal Rescue four years ago on a shoestring, she and her husband have built the organization to over 100 volunteers and recently celebrated the adoption of the 1,000th pet!

Dr. Hester began volunteering with the Seattle Animal Shelter, the municipal shelter for Seattle, in 2005, while pursuing her degree in the biological sciences at the University of Washington. While a volunteer at the shelter, she managed the dog walking program, and was hired by the organization in 2008. Her current responsibilities include managing all community support functions of the shelter, including fundraising, volunteer management and emergency preparedness.