Welcome to the exciting and rewarding world of fostering animals!!!
According to the ASPCA, of the approximately 6.5 million companion animals entering U.S. animal shelters and rescues nationwide every year, “approximately 3.2 million are adopted, 1.5 million are euthanized, and 710,000 animals who enter as strays are returned to their owners”.
Foster animals come from all different walks of life; some have suffered abuse or neglect, some come from loving homes where the owners can no longer care for them. Regardless of their background, they depend of us for help.
When you foster an animal, you are literally saving a life. As a foster parent providing a loving and stable home, you are helping a homeless animal and preparing him for adoption.
Fostering is a fun and rewarding experience! Yes, it may be challenging at times, but we are here to help you have a positive experience!!
Please click on the Foster Application link to complete an application. Find our “Pawportunities Volunteer Page” on Facebook and send a request to join the page. Once your application has been approved, we will approve your request to our private Facebook foster support page.
What are the Requirements to Become a Foster Parent?
- Foster parents must be at least 18 years of age
- Foster parents must fill out a Foster Application and be approved
- Foster parents must agree and sign our Foster Care Contract and Liability Waiver
- Foster parents must be interested in and willing to help find a forever home for their foster pet.
- All animals currently in the home MUST be up to date on vaccinations and preventatives and be spayed/neutered
What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Parent?
- The main purpose of a foster home is to provide a safe, loving home environment. This entails caring for your foster as you would care for your own personal animals: offering food, affection, and exercise to keep the dog happy and healthy while preparing her for her forever home.
- Socializing and getting to know their personality
- Use “positive reinforcement” methods
- Transporting the animal to and from appointments for vaccinations, surgery, etc.
- Willingness to nurse injuries or illness
- Promoting animals for adoption
- Keeping bios and profile pictures up to date
One of the greatest rewards of fostering is watching a rescue dog blossom into a pet, but of course, it’s not without its challenges. Foster animals sometimes need to learn the basic rules of living in a house, including:
- Appropriate greeting behavior with humans
- Appropriate play behavior with other animals
Isn’t it hard to give up your foster animal?
For many people, the biggest challenge of fostering is the emotional cost. It can be difficult to say goodbye to a foster pet after spending weeks or months caring for him, and may experience sadness or guilt.
The important thing to remember is fostering saves lives, and by letting your foster animal go to a forever home, you free up space for another animal in need.