What is a Foster Home?
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 increases when more people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.
Because many of our dogs and cats cannot go directly into a new home. The only way that we can save these animals is with the help of foster homes. Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption. Older pets who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.
In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of having been abandoned at a shelter.
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 overcome a behavioral issue. Occasionally, it’s the joy of giving extra TLC to kittens and puppies too young to be adopted.
What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?
- Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
- Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
- Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems (give any medicine that has been prescribed to the animal)
- Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments
- Transport to/from offsite adoption events
What are Animal Ark’s Responsibilities while the pet is in Foster Care?
- We cover all medical cost as long as it goes through our vet. If you decide to take an animal to your own vet without prior approval from the Director. You will be responsible for those charges.
- We will work to find the best home possible for the pet while it is in your care. That does require some assistance from you that requires you to take the pet to offsite adoption events or meet and greet with potential adopters at the shelter when a time has been scheduled (at your convenience).
Interested in fostering?
Complete our foster application and open your home to homeless pet.