Becoming a foster parent is a great way to devote yourself to a labor of love if you are unable to make the lifetime commitment of owning a pet.
As wonderful as the Pets In Need facility is, the shelter environment is simply not a suitable place to house animals for a long period of time. We rely on members of our community who volunteer as foster families to help us save more lives and increase the capacity of our shelter.
How to sign up to be a foster
- Complete the foster application online, print out the application and email it to our Foster Coordinator, Nicole Cross, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring it to our shelter in person.
- Our foster team will review your application and provide you with any additional training or resources you may need.
- You will be added to our list of foster parents. When a litter of kittens or puppies or a cat/dog comes in that needs to be fostered, we will contact you.
Why animals might need foster care
They are too young to be made available for adoption.
A mother cat or dog needs a quiet home environment to nurse and care for her babies.
- They need time to recuperate from an illness or injury.
- They need extra socialization and TLC to be ready for adoption.
- They have difficulty thriving in the shelter environment.
Foster family responsibilities
Pets In Need provides all food, supplies, and medical care to foster families. You provide your home, time, and love.
You must spend time with the animal(s) you are fostering and provide them love and socialization to get them ready to be adopted. This will require time and effort apart from your normal routine and lifestyle.
If applicable, you must bring in your fosters when they are in need of vaccines or other medical care.
For puppies and kittens, once your fosters are old and big enough, you will need to bring them in to be spayed/neutered.
Other responsibilities might be required depending on the animal(s) in your care.