What does a foster family do?
Fostering is a great way to enjoy the love and companionship of an animal without the the permanent commitment. More importantly you're giving an animal a chance to acclimate to life outside of the shelter and giving us more time to find the animal a forever home.
How long does it take to adopt out an animal?
The answer is variable. Some animals take only days, while others may take several weeks to months. The more active our foster families are in helping to promote our animals, the quicker they find forever homes.
Can I choose the animal I foster?
Absolutely! Our goal is to match you with an animal that will thrive in your care, whether that's a 5-lbs kitten or a 120-lbs German shepherd.
What if I become too attached?
This is an extremely common worry among prospective foster parents. We know exactly how you feel, after all we've been fostering animals for a long time now. You will doubtlessly bond with your foster animal, but seeing the development of the bond between the new adoption family and the pet is even more rewarding. There is tremendous satisfaction is seeing the joy your hard work has brought to another family.
If it's not working, what do I do?
If the fit isn't right, we'll always take the animal back and try you with a new one. Every animal is different, and sometimes finding the right fit is tough!
Do I have to pay for anything?
We do our best to cover all food and veterinary costs, unless you'd like to do so yourself. Supplies that you purchase for your foster animals are likely tax-deductible, but always check with your tax advisor.
What if I already have animals in my home?
The more the merrier! So long as your current pets tolerate a foster we're happy to place our animals into families with pets.
What if I have children?
Also not a problem. Although, if you have toddlers we will have to be extra picky about foster placements into your home.
How does the animal find a permanent home?
We advertise all of our available pets online and also ask that our foster families make the pets available on weekends for adoption events. Often our foster animals get adopted by acquaintances of their foster families!
What if I need to leave town while I'm fostering?
Since there's no permanent commitment we will always take the animal back into our care whenever the need arises. The animal will be ready for you on your return!