What kinds of animals need to be fostered and what is the benefit?
Many of the animals that need to be fostered are small kittens and puppies that are too young to be adopted, and can easily get sick in a shelter environment. Other animals that need to be fostered include animals recovering from an injury or illness, pregnant, elderly, scared, our longer term shelter residents, or animals that need some extra socialization. Foster care is vital because not only does it help with space issues at the shelter but it also helps the pet to be more adoptable by becoming accustomed to home life and rules. Your feedback on the animal’s behavior and personality will help us place them in the perfect home that fits their needs which prevents them from ever being homeless again. You are truly making a difference on many levels.
How does fostering work?
You can specify what types of animals you’re interested in fostering and how long you are able to keep them, and each time we ask if you are interested in fostering a specific animal or animals, you are always free to say no. If you would like, we can provide food for your fosters, or you can purchase your fosters’ food as an in-kind donation. We will provide medical care for your foster animals. If your foster animal needs medical care outside of our shelter, it must be pre-approved in order for us to cover the costs. We have a part-time veterinarian on staff.
What is it like to be a foster parent?
One of our experienced foster parents says, “People are always asking me if it’s hard to take care of animals for a few weeks and then give them up. It is a little bit hard, but it’s so worth it. You have to remember that you aren’t doing this for yourself, you’re doing it for the animals. By fostering, I have been able to nurse sick kittens back to health and give older animals the chance to recover from injuries. Those animals now have much better lives because of me – and that’s one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve ever had."
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a foster parent.