Each year our foster parents save the lives of hundreds of animals by giving them a second chance. Young, sick and injured rescue animals are placed in loving foster homes for temporary care until they are adoptable. By welcoming an animal into your home, you are removing them from the shelter where they are more exposed to stress and diseases. This is especially important for kittens and puppies because their immune systems are not strong enough just yet. There are many perks of being a foster. You get all the love and cuddles you can handle. It's a great learning experience for the whole family.
All you need to be a foster is love and transportation. We provide all the supplies your foster pet will need: food, bedding, leashes, litter & litter boxes, crates and medical care.
You do not need to be a volunteer in order to foster. Just fill out our Foster Parent Application/Contract and return it to the shelter. We will then give you a Foster Manual and an orientation. You decide what kind of animals you would like to foster, how many and how often.
Cat/Kitten foster homes are always in demand. In order to foster cats, you must be able to separate them from your own animals. Mothers and kittens must always have separate living quarters to give momma cat a secure place to take care of her young. Most foster parents use a spare bathroom or utility area for the family. Cats must stay indoors at all times, where it is safe and secure until they are adopted. Your pets should up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Dog fosters need to be able to offer a place in the house to the foster dog. All your own pets need to be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Give your foster animal lots of attention and affection. The animal may have lived a difficult life before coming to your home. Giving your foster animals positive attention will make them friendlier and more adoptable.
Make your home pet friendly. Before you bring your foster animals home, make sure you “pet proof” the areas they will be. For example, remove poisonous plants and protect furnishings. Keep the animal’s room warm and comfortable. Also, take steps to prevent the animal from escaping.
Keep your pets up to date on their vaccinations. All animals should be current on vaccinations that protect them from diseases. Before you bring home a foster animal, consult your veterinarian to make sure your own animals have received the preventive treatment they need to keep them safe.
Keep foster animals away from your own pets, at least initially. A foster pet may come into your home harboring contagious diseases. Even though your pets are vaccinated against many diseases, it’s a good idea to keep the foster animal away from your pets for at least two weeks or until the foster is completely healthy.
Recognize your limits. Fostering requires a great deal of time and energy – both emotional and physical. Don’t overextend yourself by fostering animals too frequently or you may burn yourself out.
Keep your appointments at the shelter. The Shelter depends on you to make its program work. Please honor the schedule for medical checkups and vaccinations at the shelter. We cannot reimburse you for veterinary care that is not approved ahead of time.
Adopting your foster. If you decide to adopt an animal you foster (what we lovingly refer to as becoming a “foster failure”), you must go through the Shelter’s normal adoption process and pay the adoption fee. If a friend or relative wants to adopt the animal you are fostering, that person must go through the Shelter’s adoption process also.
Understand that some foster animals will not survive. Many animals who arrive at the Shelter come from unknown backgrounds. Despite your best efforts, the animal you foster may develop a severe illness that cannot be treated. Do the best you can to help the animal, but accept the fact that you cannot save them all. If you have to say goodbye, remember that you gave them love and comfort while they were in your care, and they were much happier with you than they would have been at the Shelter.
Understand the requirements to become a foster parent.
Enjoy being a foster parent. Although fostering takes a great deal of time and commitment, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience.