Foster pets to save lives
To become a foster parent:
- You must complete an online Foster Parent Application.
- You must live within an hour of our Adoption Center.
- You must be 18 years old.
- You must be willing and able to bring your foster pet for medical appointments and adoptions.
- You must own your home, or confirm with your landlord that foster pets are allowed.
- You must be able to separate your foster pet from your personal pets if requested and required.
- Everyone in your home must agree to foster, and if anyone in your home has pet allergies, those allergies must be properly managed.
What’s a pet foster parent?
An animal lover who generously volunteers to open their home to orphan pets until these pets are ready for adoption. Pets need fostering until they can be made available for adoption. Foster homes provide a soft place to land for animals coming into our care and can help ease their transition into their forever home with socialization and love.
Afraid you’ll get attached?
Giving up an animal you’ve fostered, even to a wonderful new home, can be difﬁcult emotionally. Some people like to be there when the pet goes home with the new family. Seeing your foster animal ride off into the sunset will help you remember that he has found a lovely new home.
A lot of foster families get photos and updates of their old charges enjoying their new homes. Knowing you were part of saving a life and helping the animal ﬁnd a loving home is tremendously rewarding.
Sometimes a foster home turns into a permanent home.
How long is the commitment?
The speciﬁc needs of the animal will determine how much time is involved. Newborn orphaned puppies and kittens, for instance, must be fed every few hours. A frightened animal who needs socialization or training will also require some extra time. You can discuss your availability with the shelter or rescue group to determine what kinds of animals you’ll be best suited to foster.
What about my own pets?
You’ll want to consider how the animals in your household will adjust to having a foster pet. Some animals do very well with a temporary friend and can help socialize the foster animal. Other pets have a harder time with new animals being added to or leaving the family. You’re the best judge of your pet’s personality.
For the safety of your pets and the foster animal, it’s important to keep your pets up-to-date on vaccinations. In many cases, the foster pet will need to be isolated from your own pets, either temporarily or throughout the foster period. Talk with us to determine what’s best in each situation.
What about food and medical care?
The Doniphan County Pet Rescue will provide our foster parents with all the necessary food and medication. We do have a contract that you will have to sign that explains what we will cover by way of food and medical care, and we have a procedures for you to follow for emergency treatment of your foster animal.
How do I become a foster parent?
The first step is to fill out our foster application and then our Director will contact you after reviewing your application