What is Fostering?
Fostering is something that you can do to save lives! A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love.
The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.
In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of living at the shelter. For some dogs and cats, they will need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.
Being a pet foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home, or to decompress.
Whether it’s short or long term, we have a foster pet for everyone!
Length of foster care varies based on each animal. Some foster animals may only need your hospitality for a week or two, while others may require up to three months of care. The length of time can depend on the animal’s age, medical issues, and the amount of effort placed into marketing the pet. Most foster animals stay in their foster homes until they are adopted out, so marketing your foster animal is an important factor in length of stay!
Interested in becoming a foster but want to know more?
Amy and Jed B.
Amy and Jed, our rockstar foster duo, are known for taking in moms and puppies and pregnant moms. They first started out fostering puppies in 2018 and then started saving whole families. Since then, they have taken in countless moms and puppies--providing each and every foster with amazing specialized care to ensure they grow happy, healthy, and ready for adoption. Just in 2019, they fostered 113 pets!
In addition, Amy and Jed also foster hospice cats, hospice dogs, and other adult dogs. Many of their fosters require more time and effort-- sometimes even round-the-clock care! Amy is known in our foster community to be a great mentor to other fosters and helps whenever she can, saving countless lives!