Foster families open their hearts and homes to animals who are in need of temporary care outside of the shelter environment. These compassionate people play an important role in the life of that animal and help to ensure successful adoptions. In a nutshell, foster families save lives!
Who Needs Foster Care?
Many of our cats and dogs benefit from foster care for a variety of reasons:
> Animals in need of socialization or behavior modification.
> Animals too young to go up for adoption.
> Pregnant or new moms in need of a safe place to raise and wean their litter.
> Animals in need of relief from the stress of shelter life.
> Animals in need of a quiet and safe home to recover from an illness, injury or surgery.
What Do Foster Families Provide?
Foster parents are asked to provide supplies (treats, toys, litter, bedding), transportation, and love for their foster animals. Any needed medication, food or health care will be provided by ACHS.
The length of stay in foster care can vary from a few weeks to several months, depending on the animal's specific needs. Homes that are able to take fosters on a consistent basis help out the most, but even homes that can take only a couple fosters a year can be a big help to the shelter's animals.
Foster Care Requirements
In order to be considered for the foster program you must meet the following requirements:
> Complete and submit a Foster Care Application.
> Be 21 years of age and have a form of identification with your name and birthdate on it for verification.
> Current pets must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. > Landlord and parent approval must be obtained. ACHS will contact either if this applies to you.
Foster Care Needed ASAP!
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The benefits of fostering an animal in need are endless. Please consider opening your heart and home to foster an animal and provide the temporary safety, peace and loving care needed!
If you are interested in joining our foster family team please read the below Dog Foster Agreement or Cat Foster Agreement to understand the full requirements of fostering. If you believe you qualify and are committed to fostering, the next step is to complete a Foster Program Application. If your application is approved, we will contact you to schedule an appointment with our Foster Care Coordinator for an orientation, to meet the foster animal and to sign this contract. Thank you!