The shelters depends on many volunteers to help care for the animals that come through our doors each year. One of the most honored volunteer roles is being a foster parent. Foster families provide temporary animal housing for a number of reasons: some animals need extra attention because they are very young; others need to learn human interaction skills; and, occasionally, we are simply overflowing at our facility.
Since most cats are born in the spring or summer, animal shelters go from not having that many cats to having hundreds of cats in a very short time. Many of the kittens are not old enough and do not weigh enough to be spayed/neutered, and they need to be fostered to give them time to grow.
Fostering is the perfect option for the person that doesn’t want a full time pet (maybe because you travel often) but might like to have a pet for short periods of time (possibly 1-3 months).
Kitten Fact Sheet – To learn more about fostering kittens, read this short fact sheet.
FOSTER PROGRAM FOR DOGS
Many times during the year our animal shelter will get in a dog that needs a little extra care for one reason or another, and that’s when we need foster homes.
- A dog with a broken leg
- A dog that is undergoing heartworm treatment
- A dog that is extremely fearful or timid
- A dog that has just delivered a litter of pups
- A dog that has been in the shelter too long and is losing its mental health
Dog Fact Sheet – To learn more about fostering a dog or puppy, read this short fact sheet.