“Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss
What does fostering an animal involve?
Fostering a pet means bringing an animal into your home to provide a temporary, nurturing environment until they can be returned to our shelter or adopted into a permanent, loving home. Any individual or family with the compassion and willingness to help animals in need may apply to serve as a foster parent.
Foster terms can range from just a few days or weeks to a month or more, depending on the preferences of the foster parent and needs of the animal.
We will provide basic supplies and any special items, prescribed food, or medical care if needed. Many of our foster families are willing to provide food, litter, bedding, toys, or other types of supplies which certainly helps us out even more.
We ask you to keep a log of the animal’s general health and behavior to provide us with periodic updates by phone or email on the status of your foster pet while in your care.
How does the program work?
The first step is to complete our Foster Home Application (PDF). We will review your application, discuss requirements of the program, answer your questions, and determine if fostering is right for you. We are open to many possibilities to customize the program with you to serve the best interest of our animals.
Once you are approved as an HSLC Foster Caregiver, we work to match you with suitable pets in need of a foster home. We will discuss the type of care and home environment needed plus length of time expected to ensure a “right fit” for you and the pet. If a home visit or “meet and greet” is required with other animals (dogs) in your home, we will coordinate a convenient time with you.
Once we have a mutual agreement for you to foster the pet, we will schedule an appointment for you to take the pet home.
The HSLC retains ownership of all animals while in foster care and will work toward finding a suitable, permanent home or returning the animal to our shelter as needed. We work with our foster family to arrange visits with pre-screened, potential adopters either at our shelter or at the foster home if all parties are in agreement.
Upon our request or if the foster caregiver can no longer care for the animal, we require that the animal be returned to us by scheduling an appointment with as much advance notice as possible.
Our goal is to make each foster experience rewarding and successful for you and our pets. We hope to build a lasting relationship with our foster families resulting in many happy outcomes!
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