Foster homes provide temporary care for companion animals who are not ready to be put up for adoption, from young litters of puppies or kittens to animals recovering from surgery. By offering your time, energy, love and home to an animal in need you can also help socialize pets who may be fearful from abuse and neglect and prepare them for adoption into a permanent home. Foster homes allow more space in our shelter so we can expand our reach and save more animals!
How the Program Works
- FHS offers orientation classes periodically for new foster families, which cover the program in more detail and offer training if needed.
- Foster parents feed, groom, socialize and medicate the animal if necessary.
- Foster parents only need to provide time and love, but we appreciate any donation of food and supplies.
- When the animal is ready to be adopted, FHS will place it in a home. If you find a potential home, please let us know!
- Foster parents can adopt their foster pet and are given priority, but we highly encourage serial fostering. It’s addictive.
- Foster parents must be able to provide a safe, loving and stable environment for the foster animal until he/she is adopted.
- Foster parents must be over 18 years of age.
- Experience with animal behavioral or medical issues is a plus, but not necessary.
- Foster parents must have patience, as well as be willing to nurse any injury and/or illness — with the understanding that some animals will not recover from their injury.
- Foster parents must be able to transport their foster animal to and from the shelter (could be as often as every 2 weeks) should the need arise.
- Foster parents may need to transport kittens and puppies to FHS biweekly for vaccinations.
- Foster parents are responsible for performing basic post-surgical care and administering any medications as necessary.
- Foster cats must be kept indoors at all times.
- Foster dogs must be kept indoors or in a secure kennel when you are not home.
- Foster homes for dogs should have a securely fenced yard or you must agree to take the dog out on a leash several times a day.
- Foster parents may be asked to schedule visits between the foster pet and prospective adopters.
- FHS may schedule visits to potential foster homes.
- FHS may remove a foster animal if necessary.