Foster care takes vulnerable and at-risk pets out of the shelter and places them into caring homes, allowing them time to grow and become healthy so they can be adopted into a forever home.
Animals in Need of Fostering
Underage kittens and puppies
Cats and dogs recovering from illnesses or injuries
Displaced pets needing special temporary home
Length of Foster Period
The average time in foster care is 2-4 weeks. If the animal becomes ill, it may be longer. Newborn kittens and puppies will need at least eight weeks. Animal Services will handle all medical needs of the foster pet at no expense to the foster home.
Potential Risks of Fostering Animals
Catching a disease from a foster animal
Owned pets catching a disease from a foster animal
A sick animal could expire in foster care or have to come to the shelter for humane euthanasia
Foster Providers Need
Regular internet access
Frequent visits to the shelter
Up-to-date rabies vaccinations for all animals in the home
Secure permission from the landlord if renting
Enough room in the foster home to separate shelter pets from owned pets
Discuss fostering with a veterinarian, as they may suggest additional vaccinations to protect current animals.
Apply to Become a Foster Care Provider
Complete a Foster Care Provider Application. Once the application is approved, fosters are invited to join a Yahoo group called "Project Starfish," which is how the Animal Center communicates with foster homes when there are pets in need. Read the Foster Care Manual for additional info.