What is fostering?,
Foster "parents" are volunteers who take pets into their homes and
care for them until they are ready for adoption. It's a great way to
volunteer from home.
Why do you need foster homes?,
In the spring and summer, numerous litters of kitten are born in a
short period of time. We like to put them into foster homes and bring
them back in over a period of time so we can properly prepare them for
adoption. While some volunteers end up adopting their foster pets,
please note that the foster program is not for people who want to "try
out" an animal prior to adoption. It is intended to provide one-on-one
attention in a home environment for animals, in order to best prepare
them for adoption.
What would I be expected to do as a foster parent?,
We wish you to provide a clean nurturing, indoor home for the pet,
pending adoption. Bring the animal to our veterinarian for vaccinations
and other routine treatment. Give medication as needed. We teach the
inexperienced! Bring the foster back to us when it is ready to be
adopted. For kittens, this is typically 8 weeks of age. We will give it
age appropriate vaccines and spay or neuter so it is ready for adoption.
Can I handle them?,
Absolutely! Socialization of kittens is important, that is what
attracts a potential family to a pet. Playing, holding and cuddling is
key to help the pet to learn to enjoy being around people.
Would I be responsible for finding the animal a permanent home?,
No. We will do the adoptions here, when the pet comes back to us.
Can I, or a friend, adopt it?,
Yes, we would ask that you go through the adoption process we have established here.
What if I need to go out of town?,
We will work with you on providing temporary housing for your foster animal(s) while you are away.
What if I already have pets of my own?,
Yes, you may foster animals if you have companion animals of your
own. All companion animals must be up to date on vaccines prior to
fostering. Foster animals will need to stay separated from your animals
to reduce the risk of disease transmission. We provide medication and veterinary care for foster animals, but not for your own animals should they become ill.
How long would I keep the animal?,
There are many variables when fostering, but in general we ask for
a 3-5 week commitment. If you are only willing or able to foster for
only a couple of weeks, this program probably isn’t for you. We
understand that circumstances can change and you can return an animal at
any time if it becomes necessary.
Would I be responsible for my foster animal's vet expenses?,
No. We will provide veterinary care and medications, as approved by our veterinarian.
Would I be responsible for my foster animal’s food and litter?,
We can provide food, litter and carriers if needed.
How do I become a foster "parent"?,
You can apply to be a foster "parent" by filling out the Volunteer/Foster Application and Waiver and Release Form in our Foster Manual on our web site.