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Thank you for considering opening your heart and home to one of our shelter’s animals.  Your generosity will provide young and old, injured and sick, abused and under socialized animals a chance to grow or heal before finding their forever homes.  The Foster Program plays an integral part in the our small shelter's ability to find good homes for local animals.

What is a Foster Home?

A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home.  Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love. The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

Why Foster?

Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption.  Older pets who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.  Most pets benefit from time spent in a home environment in preparation for being adopted out.

In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of having been abandoned at a shelter.  For some dogs and cats, they will need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.

Being a pet foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home, or to overcome a behavioral issue.  Occasionally, it’s the joy of giving extra TLC to kittens and puppies too young to be adopted.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?

Fosters will keep animals an average of 2-4 weeks unless it is medically or behaviorally indicated otherwise. Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior issues. You will be told up-front before you agree to foster the pet how long of a commitment we believe it will be.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?

  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment.
  • We buy the food and pay for vet care, but we ask you to keep the shelter pets well fed and watered.
  • Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate.  (We don't want shelter fosters left stuck in a pen 24/7!)
  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems.
  • Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments.
  • Transport to/from offsite adoption events.
  • In certain cases, especially for cats and bottle baby kittens, the foster pets require isolation from other animals in the home for 10-14 days or longer, if the foster pet is sick.
  • While foster owners can adopt their foster animal, and are given first choice, we highly encourage serial fostering. .
  • Shelter adoption guidelines are followed at all times, and shelter staff has final approval of all adoptions.

    You can find an online foster application by clicking the Forms/Application link in the menu.

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