WE NEED FOSTER PARENTS!
Our network of foster parents allows us to save many more animals each year than we could alone. For every animal that is fostered, we can pull another one from death row.
What is fostering?
Fostering basically means you temporarily own a dog or a cat. You welcome it into your home and provide it with food, shelter, and TLC until it is adopted.
How long does fostering typically last?
It varies. Some animals only need to be fostered for a night while others may not find a forever home for a few months. When you foster a puppy, that tends to be a short commitment (anywhere from a few days to a week or two). If you foster a cat or an adult dog, you may get to enjoy that little bundle of fur for a few months.
What if my foster pet seems sick?
Call us! We work with specific veterinarians that provide us with discounted veterinary care, and we can make an appointment immediately. Our vets also provide foster animals with all of the vaccines etc. that they need. Please do not take your foster pet to a vet without speaking to us first. We cannot reimburse you for any veterinary care that we did not approve of beforehand.
Can I adopt my foster pet?
Usually. If you’re fostering an animal that is up for adoption and you fall in love, you get first dibs as long as your application is approved.
If I adopt my foster pet, do I still have to pay the standard adoption fee?
Yes! We sincerely appreciate your help, but we have lots of expenses to pay (including rent, veterinary bills, transport fees, food, and litter), and we can’t waive our adoption fee for fosters. We’re an entirely volunteer run staff! Each animal comes with between $600 and $1200 worth of veterinary care, so you’re already getting a good deal with our low adoption fees.
What if I have to go out of town?
Please give us as much notice as possible so that we can find another placement for your foster animal.
Can I take my foster dog to the dog run?
No. Sorry! We don’t allow any foster dogs in the dog run, no matter the age or breed, just to be safe. We don’t want any of our foster dogs getting loose or hurt.
What if my foster animal isn’t working out?
Call or email us right away. We can often suggest remedies to clear up the challenges you’re facing if they’re not too serious. A simple change of food, different kind of leash, or crate adjustment could do the trick. If the problem is more serious, we’d be happy to find a new foster home for the dog or cat, but we ask that you give us at least 24 hours to make arrangements. (In emergency cases, we can take the animal back right away.)
Am I expected to buy supplies when I foster?
We ask our foster “parents” to cover the cost of food, litter, etc. for their foster animals. The cost is pretty low, but we can provide those supplies if necessary. You’re doing us a big favor!
How do potential adopters find out about my foster animal?
We list all of our animals on our Petfinder.com and Adoptapet.com pages, and we post them on our Facebook page, too. When potential adopters come to visit the shelter, we’ll recommend they look into an animal that’s being fostered if we think it’s a good match. If you foster a dog, we provide you with a vest that says “Adopt Me” for the dog to wear when you’re out and about together. Our foster “parents” also spread the word by sharing pictures of their foster animal on Facebook, at work, etc.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please come visit us to fill out an application! Or email us. If you’d like to foster a cat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to foster a dog, email email@example.com.