When you foster one, you save two!
Most animals needing foster care are underage, underweight orphaned puppies & kittens or just socialization. Fosters open their homes and hearts to many puppies and kittens, cats and dogs, each year, and help them reach the stage where they’re adoptable. Fostering is the most direct way to help an animal, you are giving him or her a second chance at life. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, in the city or out in the country, we can find a foster match for you!
If you have training skills (or a desire to learn some), you can take in an animal with a trainable behavior issue, such as dogs with issues such as jumping up, mouthing, or food guarding, or one that is afraid and hides at the back of his or her cage. Confidence increases noticeably, particularly in dogs, when they have skills such as knowing how to sit and walk on a leash. Possessing these skills also makes them more likely to be adopted. You can take the animal in for as long as you can before returning the pet to us.
Are you the nurturing type? The dogs may have been in a stressful place previously, so taking a foster into your home can often speed up the healing process for an animal with a mild infection or one that is recovering from an injury. During the spring and summer months, we get lots of puppies who aren’t old enough to be put up for adoption but have already weaned, meaning that they need fosters to take care of them until they’ve reached the appropriate age
Foster parents help save the lives of animals who are fragile and at high risk. We are looking for people who can commit two to six weeks of fostering to take in under aged pets and/or nursing moms with litters who are too young or sick to be spayed/neutered for adoption. They need to monitor the health and well-being of the foster animals and bring them in for regular checkups and quickly for emergency treatment, if necessary. The puppies and kittens must be kept confined in a safe space, separate from other pets. Foster parents need to follow our directions on feeding and medication. We provide food, necessary medications, supplies, and lots of support.
There are also opportunities for volunteers willing to foster senior pets, or dogs and cats needing help to recover from illness. These time commitments vary, and can be long term in some cases.
Some of our foster parents supply the food as a donation and take their foster to the vet when needed. We give tax receipt for all purchased dog food and supplies for tax purposes.
If you’re an animal lover interested in providing love, nourishment, and heaps of TLC to an animal in need, you can submit a foster care application here. We will train interested, qualified volunteers for success.