Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Check out our FAQs for answers.
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•I’m interested in fostering. What does my commitment entail?

Fostering is a short-term commitment. Most foster placements last two weeks to two months. Occasionally, foster placements may require a lengthier commitment. The Animal Foundation’s Foster Coordinator will work with you to find a suitable placement. We will never place an animal or animals in your care that you can’t commit to, or that make you uncomfortable (i.e. a long-term foster placement, or puppies if you’re a cat person). Additionally, the Foster Coordinator will provide you with food and any necessary medication at no cost. The foster parent is responsible for providing a litter box (cats), food bowls, toys, etc. Foster parents must also commit to attending bi-weekly clinic appointments with our medical staff. Appointments will be scheduled to fit the foster parent’s schedule.

•Are there any requirements for fostering?

All foster parents must be 18 or older, and must be able to provide a safe, loving and stable environment for their foster animal. Additionally, foster parents who rent must provide written approval from their landlord on their landlord’s letterhead.

•What if I have pets of my own at home?

You can still be a foster parent if you have pets at home. Please note that there is always a risk associated with exposing your animal to other animals. Your foster pet may have been exposed to disease, and could expose your pet. We require that all foster parents have the space and resources to separate their foster pet(s) from resident pets to reduce exposure to disease and suggest that you keep your pets current on their vaccinations. If you own pets and are interested in fostering, you may opt out of fostering pets entering the program for medical issues.

•Do I need to have prior medical knowledge to foster a sick or injured pet?

Not at all! In some cases, you may be asked to dispense medications, and our medical team will provide you with any information you need to care for a sick or injured pet, and our Foster Coordinator is available to answer questions you may have.

•What do I do if my foster pet becomes sick?

If your foster pet becomes sick, immediately contact the Foster Coordinator. We will make an appointment for you to bring the pet in to see our medical staff. All veterinary care is given at the shelter. Should you choose to take your foster animal(s) to your own veterinarian, we cannot reimburse you for any medical costs.

•What if I can’t care for my foster pet anymore?

We understand that life happens. If you are unable to continue to care for your foster pet for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible so that alternate arrangements may be made. Seeking last-minute accommodations with other foster parents can be difficult, so please provide us with as much notice as possible!

•Can I name my foster pet(s)?

Foster parents are more than welcome to name the pet(s) in their care! When you bring your foster pet(s) to the shelter for check-ups or to be made available for adoption, just let the Foster Coordinator know the new name and we’ll make sure it’s updated in the system!

•Can I adopt my foster pet?

Yes! As long as you meet the requirements necessary for adopting, you definitely can! Please note that foster pets are the property and responsibility of The Animal Foundation. Foster animals cannot be adopted out or kept as your own pet until both the official paperwork and the spay/neuter surgery are complete. Additionally, foster animals cannot be promised to your friends or family unless and until they complete the shelter adoption screening process.

•Can I foster more than one pet at a time?

For the health and safety of all of our shelter pets, you are only allowed to foster one litter/group at a time.