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Fostering and Adopting Animals: The Sustainable Choice for You and Colorado

Our customers already know that we stock sustainable household and personal cleaning products. Did you know we also just about always have a foster cat? While we often think about reducing plastic waste, recycling, and opting for eco-friendly products, sustainability also extends to our furry friends. Fostering and adopting animals is not only an act of kindness but also a sustainable choice that benefits both the environment and the community. Here’s how:


1. Reducing Overpopulation and Animal Cruelty


One of the main reasons fostering and adopting pets is sustainable is because it helps control the overpopulation of animals. Millions of animals end up in shelters every year, where resources can be limited. By choosing to foster or adopt, you’re directly reducing the number of homeless animals. This, in turn, alleviates the pressure on shelters and reduces the likelihood of euthanasia.


2. Minimizing Environmental Impact


Imagine the resources needed to care for hundreds of animals in one shelter: food, water, energy, and more. Fostering spreads out these resources among community members, rather than concentrating them into a single facility. These actions lower the animal shelter's overall carbon footprint and mitigate the environmental impact of animal care.


Additionally, adopting instead of buying from breeders or pet stores often means fewer animals are bred specifically for sale, reducing the carbon footprint associated with commercial breeding operations.


3. Supporting Local Shelters and Rescues


Fostering animals directly supports local shelters and rescue organizations, often run on tight budgets and limited resources. By opening your home to a foster pet, you provide them with the love and care they need, ensuring they are well-socialized and ready for adoption. This creates a ripple effect, freeing up space and resources in the shelter to save even more animals.


4. Community Health and Wellbeing


Pets have been shown to enhance the mental and physical wellbeing of their owners, fostering a sense of community, companionship, and responsibility. A well-cared-for pet can bring joy not only to its owner but also to neighbors, passersby, and the community at large. These positive interactions encourage a more compassionate and connected community.


5. Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership


Fostering and adopting come with advocating for responsible pet ownership. This includes spaying and neutering, regular veterinary care, and proper training. By setting an example, you raise awareness and encourage others to consider the sustainable choice of adopting and fostering rather than buying pets from breeders or pet stores.


6. Giving Animals a Second Chance


Every pet fostered or adopted is given a second chance at a happy, healthy life. Many animals in shelters have suffered neglect or trauma. Providing a safe, loving environment helps them heal and thrive, leading to a more humane community where animals are treated with respect and compassion.


At the time of this writing, Refillary is about to pick up its 26th shop foster cat. This program has been the joy of not only we who work at the shop, but every customer and bright eyed kiddo that runs to the desk and goes "Where is the kitty?!" We have been so blessed to be able to help so many kitties find their homes, to cheer up people's days and to introduce so many in our community to cats. We always get a chuckle when people talk to us about their 'favorite' foster cat that we have had.


How Can You Help?


1. Contact Local Shelters and Rescues: Reach out to local shelters or rescue groups to learn about their fostering programs and adoption processes. They often have resources and support to help you get started. We work with Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue here at the shop and they utilize many volunteers as well!


2. Spread the Word: Use social media and community networks to raise awareness about the benefits of fostering and adopting. Share success stories and highlight the positive impact on sustainability and community health. Always feel free to share our #felinefriday posts on social media to help kitties find their homes!


3. Volunteer: Even if you can't foster or adopt, volunteering your time at a shelter can make a significant difference. From walking dogs to helping with administrative tasks, every bit helps.


4. Donate: Shelters and rescues always need financial support, as well as food, blankets, toys, and other supplies. Your donations can help improve the lives of animals in need.



Fostering and adopting animals is a compassionate, responsible choice that aligns with sustainable living principles. It’s a decision that reduces environmental impact, supports local shelters, and fosters a healthier, more connected community. By opening your heart and home to a pet in need, you make a tangible difference, paving the way for a more compassionate and sustainable future.


Embrace the power of fostering and adopting—let’s create a better world for animals and humans alike, one paw (and refill!) at a time.

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