Sometimes we have animals at the shelter that are not ready to go up for adoption yet. They may be too young or have behavioral or medical problems and need a place to stay until they are healthy or old enough to go up for adoption.
Fostering provides these animals with loving
temporary homes during this time so that they do not have to stay at the shelter, which can be a stressful environment. When the animals are ready for adoption, they are brought back to the shelter where we take care of finding their forever homes.
In order to be a good foster home, there are some requirements. You can absolutely have animals of your own, but you must have a space in your home where the foster animal(s) can be separated from your own pets, such as a spare bedroom or a laundry room. Additionally, your personal animals must be spayed or neutered and up to date on their vaccinations. The shelter provides information and supplies, and you must be able to transport the animal(s) back to the shelter for medications and vaccines or to Lloyd Animal Medical Center in the case of an emergency. Finally, you must be committed to providing the necessary care for your foster animal(s) as described by the shelter staff, who are always happy to answer any questions.
Fostering can be hard, particularly when you have to say goodbye to the furry friends you’ve been caring for as your own, but it is incredibly rewarding to know that you provided a safe, loving home during that animal’s journey to find their forever family.
I fit these requirements, what’s the next step?
Come into the shelter during open hours and fill out an application!
Do I have to have previous fostering experience to foster for the APCSM?
Nope! Experience is always a plus, but as long as you are willing to learn and fit the requirements above, you can come fill out an application!
Can I keep my foster animal?
The goal is to return the animal to the shelter so they can find their forever home, and so you can continue fostering and helping more animals! That being said, we do have the occasional “foster-fail” where a foster family falls in love with their foster animal and adopts them. In these instances you would still be required to go through the adoption process and pay any adoption fees.
What kinds of animals do you send to foster?
For the most part, we need families to foster kittens who are not old enough to be adopted yet. That could be pregnant mom cats who haven’t had their litters yet, moms with their babies, litters of orphaned kittens, or kittens so young that they need to be bottle fed every couple of hours. Additionally, we sometimes have animals who are sick and need a quiet place to recuperate, or who have behavioral problems they need to work on.
Do you ever foster out dogs?
We are currently looking for foster families that have experience with dogs, especially if you have dealt with some tougher behaviors like resource guarding, separation anxiety, reactivity, or destructiveness. Sometimes we have dogs with these behaviors that would benefit from being in a home where they can receive consistent positive reinforcement training.
I’m looking to get a kitten, can you give me one to foster?
Fostering is not about having a ‘trial run’ with an animal that you might want to keep. It’s about generously opening your home and your heart to give animals a temporary place to live until they are ready to go up for adoption. If you are looking to adopt a specific animal (whether it’s age, color or breed that you’re looking for) the best option is to check with shelters in the area and be patient.
To Learn More about the foster program at the APCSM click here.