Foster – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
GOT LOTS OF LOVE TO SHARE; BECOME A FOSTER CARE HERO!
Become a foster care hero and change a life. With the help of an amazing group of foster volunteers, the ASPCI Foster Care Program gives animals that are not yet ready for adoption or rescue a chance to live and thrive in loving foster homes. Through this exciting partnership ASPCI is able to:
- Accept more animals which increases our capacity to save the lives of animals
- Increase adoptions by better preparing animals to become beloved family members
Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, dogs and puppies in their own homes, perfect for those who want to save precious lives. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care longer.
Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles, and we will do our best to custom-match the animals to each foster home. By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home. ASPCI is ALWAYS looking for more foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons.
MOST COMMON REASONS ANIMALS NEED FOSTER CARE
- Puppies who are too young to be spayed /neutered and adopted out into permanent homes. (It is only when the animals are eight weeks old and weigh at least three pounds that they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.)
- Dogs who are nursing a litter of puppies.
- Dogs who are being treated for injuries or illnesses.
- Dogs needing the one-on-one attention that only a foster home can provide.
ASPCI makes arrangement for veterinary care, needed medicines, food and other supplies needed for the foster animals, in addition to plenty of support to foster parent volunteers. ASPCI pays for all necessary, pre-authorized vet care.
Foster parent volunteers provide a nurturing, warm, safe environment and lots of love to fur- babies.
HOW FOSTER CARE WORKS
- When ASPCI is considering admitting an animal that is not ready to be put up for adoption or go to rescue, we contact our volunteer foster parents.
- Our foster parents then let us know if they are available to foster. There is no pressure to foster; they only foster who and when they are able to do so.
- Foster parents pick up the foster animal to take home. At that time, volunteers receive information about the animal’s condition and needs.
- Foster parents may need to transport the animal to exams or to receive vaccinations or other treatment.
- Once the foster period is over, the foster volunteer returns the animal to a designated ASPCI representative.
- The animal is made available for adoption or rescue.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Please submit the completed Foster Application at http://www.aspci.org/foster-application/