Why become a Foster Parent?
Fostering can be so rewarding knowing likely you saved a life. If fostering is for you, please click the link and complete the application. Our Foster Coordinator will call you to conduct a brief interview, once approved, you'll be added to our register of fosters.
Typical animals fostered. We get all of the nursing moms, kittens and puppies out of the Shelter and into foster homes as quickly as possible. This animal population has immature or compromised immune systems and can contract an airborne illness. No matter how well the Shelter staff cleans airborne diseases are always present.
Some animals have cure able conditions that need treatment. We won't adopt an animal until they are healthy so often these animals go to foster care for consistent treatment to speed their recovery. This can include a dog undergoing heart worm treatment that must be crated and have very limited activity to make the treatment safe and effective.
We will provide whatever you don't have for the animals needs.
We will support you through our experienced team
We will answer any question you have about the fostering
We will guide you along the way to reassure your steps.
What kind of fostering can you do?
Neonatal orphaned kittens/puppies:
Are the most difficult and require the greatest commitment of time.
Infant kittens/puppies with a mother:
The mother cat (queen) typically takes care of the kittens feeding and elimination. Sometimes the kittens need supplemental feeding or medical care. Mother dogs handle the feeding but puppies require a great deal of cleaning. Your goal is to wean the infants to solid food. At the appropriate time the infants will receive their first vaccination and two weeks later their second one. At that time they are ready to begin showing for adoption.
Provide a stress free, clean environment for the animal to recover from a procedure, illness, injury, or heart worm treatment. This could involve administering medication or dressing changes.
Foster a dog for at least a week and complete a “report card” telling a potential adopter the animal’s traits in a home environment. Is the dog house trained, food aggressive, good with cats, children, or other dogs?
Foster for at least a week and complete a “report card”. Allow the cat a quiet environment to decompress and then determine their traits. Are they good with children, other cats, or dogs?
Check a dog out for the day. Take them wherever you go. To the park, to work, your child’s ball game or out to dinner on the patio.
Take a dog out on a Friday or Saturday for some fun. You can also give them an extra opportunity to show for adoption at an off-site adoption event. Your call. If not adopted you return the dog to the Shelter Sunday before 5PM or Monday after 8AM. Remember their “report card” to tell us about the dog’s personality, traits, and toilet habits.
Home for the Holidays:
Take a shelter animal home to spend the Christmas Holidays outside the Shelter with your family. Pick them up right before Christmas and return them after New Year’s Day.