Foster Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the commitment?
The time commitment for fostering varies. Our shortest placement is our Foster Getaway which lasts just a couple days and gives shelter animals a much-needed change of scenery. For Pet Academy, we ask for a minimum one-month commitment. Puppy and kitten placements usually last 2 to 6 weeks.
Can I foster to adopt?
No. Our foster program is not set up to allow people to try before they buy. Because training fosters takes a lot of work, we ask that you make a commitment to foster for us multiple times.
What if I work full time?
Very few of our dogs are suitable for people who work full time and want to foster, but some of our adult cats are. Provided you can organize a safe environment and a comfortable bed, some of our cats would rather be in your home than in a shelter.
What if I want to foster a dog, but I live in an apartment without a yard?
As long as you’re willing to walk your foster dog and leash up for potty breaks, apartment living is no obstacle to fostering. Yards don’t exercise dogs, people do!
Can I foster if I have children?
Yes! Fostering can be a wonderful family experience as long as adults are the primary caregivers. We will select an appropriate animal, and count on you to teach your children respect and to supervise all interactions between your children and your foster animal.
Can I foster if I have other pets?
Yes, as long as your pet (or pets) are at least a year old and fully vaccinated. Because kittens’ and puppies’ immune systems are not fully developed, they need to be kept completely separate from resident pets.
What if my foster pet isn’t working out?
First, be patient – it can take a week or more for an animal to acclimate to new surroundings. You’ll have access to both our animal behaviorist and volunteer coordinator, who can coach you through many common issues. If you’re still struggling, we’ll make other arrangements for your foster pet and encourage you to try again. Fostering isn’t always easy, but it’s rewarding.
What if I fall in love with my foster pet and want to adopt?
You wouldn’t be the first! As the animal’s foster parent, you will have the option to be the first person to fill out an application to adopt.