What is a foster home?

A foster home is a temporary living situation for a cat or dog. Dogs and cats that are in need of a foster home are ones that are recovering from an injury, are too young to live at the shelter or are too old to adapt well to the stressfullness of the shelter.  The foster home will provide food, water, shelter and lots of TLC! The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who are able to open their homes and hearts to fostering. This also allows for us to find out more about their personality. The foster parents will be able to provide feedback to potential adopter about their temperament and likes/dislikes.

 What are the expectations of a foster family for a DOG?

 Our expectations for fostering a puppy or dog are no different than what we provide for them at the shelter on a daily basis:

  • A clean and safe environment
  • Providing fresh food, water and shelter (indoor only!)
  • Provide adequate socialization on a daily basis
  • Closely watch for any new medical changes and immediately alert us of any (ex: “soft” potty, decrease in playfulness, decrease in appetite, "gucky" eyes)
  • Transporting the puppy/dog to AAP for schedueled shots, surgeries, ect.

 The length of time for fostering a puppy or dog depends on its age and condition. For a puppy, it will be until the time when it can be fixed and able to go to a permanent home. All dogs and puppies will be expected to remain in an indoor home during fostering. All animals be on flea prevention before leaving the shelter. Foster families should also help their puppies learn manners and basic commands and puppies should not learn bad manners (ex: biting, "mouthiness", excessive jumping).

 What are the expectations of a foster family for a CAT?

 Our expectations for fostering a kitten or cat are no different than what we provide for them at the shelter on a daily basis:

  • A clean and safe environment
  • A clean litter box and indoor home
  • Provide adequate socialization on a daily basis
  • Closely watch for any new medical changes and immediately alert us of any (ex: “soft” potty, decrease in playfulness, decrease in appetite, "gucky" eyes)
  • Transporting the kitten/cat to AAP for scheduled shots, surgeries, ect.

The length of time for fostering a kitten or cat depends on its age and condition. For a kitten, it will be until the time when it can be fixed and able to go to a permanent home. All kittens and cats will be expected to remain in an indoor home during fostering and they CANNOT be declawed, under no circumstances!

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