GEORGETOWN, Del. - The Brandywine Valley SPCA allowed people to take home shelter pets for up to two weeks over the holidays. This foster program lead to many cats and dogs finding their forever homes. 

This was the second year for the program. BVSPCA staff said the initial goal of the winter break sleepovers was to reduce stress for pets while helping them get used to living with a family. In some cases this lead to an even better outcome.  

"Here in Georgetown about 50 percent of our adoptable population went out into foster care and sleepovers for the holidays and 50 percent of those pets were actually adopted by those people who were caring for them for the holidays," says BVSPCA Community Engagement Coordinator Carla DiGiacomo.

BVSPCA has foster opportunities year-round for those who are still interested in helping the pets.