Fostering Pets Saves Lives! Foster parents open their homes and hearts to provide temporary care to shelter pets while they wait for their forever families outside the stressful shelter environment. The types of animals you can foster are as varied as the types of families who care for them. Fostering a pet also makes room for other animals at the shelter and helps avoid overcrowding, giving more animals a chance at finding a home.
Why do pets need to be fostered?:
- age/growth – animals that are too young or underweight to be placed for adoption right away.
- behavior – shy or timid animals that need help gaining confidence or learning certain manners to help prepare them for a happy, long life in their new home.
- medical – some animals need to recover from an illness or injury before they’re able to be placed in a home.
- adding to life saving capacity – every animal placed in a foster home frees up space in our shelter for more animals, increasing the capacity to save lives!
Requirements for Fostering
Attend a Foster Orientation.
- Orientations are held every Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. and typically last an hour.
- Foster parents receive daily emails of pets in need of foster care. Pickup of the pet will be scheduled with the Foster Coordinator.
- Complete the foster application.
- Must be able to bring the animal back to Animal Services every two weeks for vaccine boosters and deworming, if necessary.
- Must be able to transport animals to outside adoption events as needed.
- Must be able to return the animal for out-of-state transports when required.
- Foster parent’s owned pets residing in the home must be up to date on vaccines and sterilized.
- Foster Family Application
For more information on fostering, please message us below.