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Fostering Saves Lives

Why foster?

The best way to help save lives is by fostering. Most rescue organizations such as PAW are supported by volunteers, so their ability to rescue animals is limited by the availability of foster homes and donations which pay for the vet care. Fostering it a vital part of PAW's rescue efforts and dramatically increases how many dogs and cats can be rescued each year. Which is why we need more fosters - so we can save more lives! Please consider applying to be a foster today, it's the biggest contribution you can make!

How does it work?

Various rescue organizations operate differently, but many have foster programs of one kind or another. Here we describe fostering through PAW.

Duties of the foster caregiver:

  • The caregiver provides food, water, litter, and other simple neccesities.
  • The caregiver is responsible for helping to get the animal adopted by bringing her to adoption shows, helping to talk to applicants, and providing information for ads and the website.
  • The caregiver must follow PAW's procedures for adoption, for getting veterinary care, and for providing appropriate care.

PAW provides:

  • Veterinary care, as approved by the Medical Coordinator.
  • Some supplies, as needed, such as a crate, temporary ID tag, collar, leash, litter box, or carrier.
  • Lots of in-house expertise with behavior, diseases, and training.
  • Advertising, newsletters, adoption shows, and so forth.

Typically the fostered animal is kept separate from the caregiver's other animals at first. This allows you to evaluate her behavior, reduces the stress of meeting strange animals (on her as well as on your own pets), and minimizes the chance of infection, since the rescued animal may be carrying a respiratory infection or other illness.

Why foster animals instead of having a shelter?

At the Partnership for Animal Welfare, all animals live in foster homes, not at shelters. (A few are boarded when there are not enough foster homes.) Fostering has many advantages.

  • The animal lives in a home environment where she can feel safe and comfortable.
  • The foster caregiver can give plenty of attention to the fostered pet, and watch for problems with illness or behavior.
  • The foster caregiver can judge the needs and behavior of the individual animal - how he behaves around other pets, adults, and children, how much space and exercise he needs, what kind of permanent home would be best for him.

How to apply to become a foster?

Fill out the application form for cats or dogs, as appropriate.

This is the same form as used for animal adoptions. Send the form to the Cat or Dog Adoptions Coordinator (see PAW Contacts). We will do a vet check and a home visit, just as we do for adoption applications. If approved, you will be asked to sign a foster agreement, in which you agree to abide by the procedures and rules set by PAW. For more information please contact the Cat or Dog Adoptions Coordinator.

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Last Updated: April 15, 2014 (LET) PawSupport