The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia prepares for kitten and puppy season by holding a “baby shower” fundraiser and open house. The open house introduces guests to the league’s foster care program, which is the destination for many of the puppies and kittens arriving at the shelter. In lieu of a monetary donation, baby shower attendees are asked to donate items from the Foster Care Wish List to help prepare the new arrivals for life in a foster home. The baby shower is an interactive way for animal lovers to support the League’s foster care program and learn more about participating as a foster parent. The foster care program saves lives by providing kittens, puppies, and adult animals a stable home environment to grow healthy and strong, recover from medical procedures or gain confidence and courage after a life of poor treatment.