Foster caregivers play a vital role by offering temporary care to cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies in their own homes. The duration of foster care varies, ranging from a few weeks to a more extended period, depending on the animal’s needs. This flexibility accommodates diverse lifestyles. You have the freedom to select the animals you wish to foster, ensuring a mutually beneficial experience for both you and the animal. Your contribution of time, affection, and a nurturing environment makes a positive impact on their lives.
Types of Animals Requiring Foster Care:
- Young kittens and puppies that are not yet ready for spaying/neutering and permanent adoption.
- Cats and dogs nursing litters of kittens or puppies.
- Animals undergoing treatment for injuries or illnesses.
- Animals overwhelmed by the shelter environment.
- Cats and dogs in need of virtual adoption ambassadors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fosters should reside within a 30-minute drive from our shelter locations. Proximity is crucial for attending scheduled medical appointments and obtaining necessary supplies for your foster animal. In case of a medical emergency, being close to our shelters enables prompt veterinary care for the foster animal.
Getting Started: To embark on your journey as a foster caregiver, the initial step involves enrolling in one of our virtual foster caregiver orientations.
What is a foster parent?
A foster parent is essential to helping an animal who isn’t quite yet ready for adoption yet. The pet may need time outside of the shelter for behavior or health reasons. Examples include a nursing mother cat who needs a quiet, safe home until her kittens are weaned, or a shy dog who needs socialization and a cozy home to come out of his shell. Bringing a foster animal into your home often requires a commitment of weeks to months but the rewards are immeasurable!
Please note: Fostering is not for those who want a “trial adoption” before making a commitment – it’s for those who want to help care for Furry Friends’ animals and help them on their way to finding forever homes.
How long does a typical foster last?
Fostering might last from a week to a month or more. The length depends on each animal’s situation. Most animals come back to the shelter every few weeks for vet rechecks and some come back during the day to meet potential adopters.
What if I can’t make a set time commitment?
Recent data indicate that even a short period out of the shelter helps improve the emotional state of dogs and cats. Please let our Volunteer Coordinator know if you have time constraints– the Coordinator will work to ensure that the needs of the foster parent and the pet are compatible.
What types of foster situations are there?
You might take care of a dog who needs to decompress from shelter life, an underage animal who needs to grow, new moms feeding and raising pups or kittens, or a pet that needs socialization.
Are there any costs for a foster parent?
No – we provide the food, vet care, and supplies. As a foster parent, you provide the love, time, and attention.
What if my foster pet needs veterinary care?
Our clinic provides all veterinary care, though we may send you and your foster pet to an offsite veterinary hospital for additional treatment.
How do I become a foster parent?
First, complete the online foster application below. Our Volunteer Coordinator will get in contact with you as a matter of priority. Applications must be completed by adults age 21 and older.