FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED
Why do we need foster homes?
The shelter is just not big enough to keep certain animals for weeks at a time. Getting the animals into a foster situation is the best way to insure they get individual care and socialization in a lower-stress environment.
What kinds of animals need fostering?
The situations are varied, but rest assured, you’ll never have to foster an animal you aren’t comfortable with.
What type of space do I need at home?
Generally, a spare bedroom, bathroom, laundry room or even space in a temperature-controlled garage (secure from toxins) will do.
What type of commitment do you need from me?
Fostering can last from as little as 1 week to as many as a couple months: 3-4 weeks is average.
How much will it cost to foster?
The shelter will provide bedding, crate, litter pan, food dishes, or medication (if necessary) for the animals for the duration of their stay. An initial supply of food and/or litter is available, if needed. The shelter may be able to continue to supply food and litter if the resources are available. You cover incidental expenses while the animals are in your care (food, toys, litter, etc.). The amount will depend on the types of animals you foster and the amount of time they spend in your care.
What if the animals I foster get sick?
Should one of your fostered animals get injured or become sick, please notify the shelter immediately. All veterinary treatment must be arranged through the shelter.
Can my pets get sick from an animal I foster?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is yes. The animals we send out for fostering are almost all strays with unknown health histories. Depending on their age and health, they may have received vaccines at the shelter, but it takes a while for the vaccines to kick in. To lower the risk to your own pets, it is advisable to keep your fostered animals separated from your personal pets and talk to your vet about your pets’ vaccinations.
Fostering can be highly rewarding…
…and a lot of fun. There are times however, that it can be heartbreaking. No matter how hard we try, the entire litter may come down with an illness. Sadly, we may not be able to pull them through. Other animals may develop behavior issues which make them un-adoptable and may have to be euthanized. It is never easy to prepare yourself for these situations; however, you need to be aware and be able to concede to the decisions of shelter staff.
What are the terms of fostering?
The official foster parent has to be an adult (18+ years old). All foster homes sign an agreement asking you to
What are the steps to becoming a foster home?
How do I find out more about the program?
If you have questions about any part of the foster program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 360-352-2510, ext. 1009 or email@example.com.
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