Foster care takes vulnerable and at-risk pets out of Austin Animal Center and places them into temporary homes.
Is Fostering for the Austin Animal Center Right for You?
Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you decide.
What is fostering?
Fostering is providing a temporary home for a homeless pet, who for whatever reason, needs to be housed outside of the shelter. Fostering is truly lifesaving.
Why should I foster?
Fostering can be a wonderful experience for you and your family.
You can feel good knowing that you have made a positive difference in an animal’s life, and each animal fostered in a home opens up a cage or kennel space for us to save another animal.
Fostering can also provide individual attention that certain special needs animals require. Foster commitments range from just a couple of days to several months, so you can choose foster options that fit with your lifestyle.
Do I need to have any special training or skills to be foster parent?
Foster families should be compassionate, caring and patient.
You will be informed of your foster animal’s known history, medical and behavioral health before they are placed in your care, and our foster coordinator will help answer questions and provide resources and information.
What are the requirements?
Be willing to abide by policies and procedures in the manual and foster care agreement
Be able to access email regularly
Be able to provide transport to and from AAC
Provide some supplies and food for foster animals
Spend time with foster pets and treat them like your own animals while they’re in your care
Have up-to-date rabies vaccinations for all animals in the home
What types of animals need foster care?
Kittens and puppies too young to be in the shelter
Animals recovering from illness or injury
Animals that need a break from the shelter environment
Pets with special medical or behavioral challenges
How long do animals need to be in foster care?
Every situation is different. Our foster needs range from one day to until the animal is adopted, which can take several months.
How much time do foster parents have to devote to the animal(s) in their care?
It depends on the situation. Foster animals need all of the same things that owned animals do, and may even need more attention if they are recovering from illness/injury, or need extra exercise.
What are some of the potential risks of fostering an animal?
Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences that you can have, but there are some potential risks.
While rare, below you will read some of the possible risks.
Owned animals could catch a disease and/or a parasite from a foster animal
Foster families, members of their household, or visitors could catch a disease and/or parasite from a foster animal (We do not, as a practice, send animals with known diseases transmittable to humans to foster)
Owned animals could be injured or killed by a foster animal. This is always preventable if you followprocedures and guidelines recommended by AAC.
Foster families, members of the household, or visitors could be injured by a foster animal
Foster animals could die in foster care or have to return to the shelter to be euthanized
Foster animals may destroy personal items
What happens if my foster animal needs medical care?
AAC will provide all medical care for the animals in its foster program.