Have you ever wanted to try fostering a pet? Now is the time!
The kitties and puppies need you and so do the adults!
Our fostering program is designed to place shelter animals in a nurturing environment in the comfort of your home allowing the fostered pets to grow, heal, socialize and become/remain adoptable while they wait for their “forever home”. Experience has shown that the foster program dramatically increases the chances of a pet being adopted and allows us to continue our fight against the euthanasia of adoptable animals.
We’ve made many improvements to make things easier and more fun for foster families. We’ll work with your schedule. If you can only foster for a few weeks, that’s better than not fostering at all. Some kittens or puppies will only need a few weeks before they are ready to be adopted.
Our new Foster Coordinator, Diane, will be checking in with you weekly to see how things are going and to let you know about potential adopters for your foster babies. We also have a veterinary technician available by phone or e-mail for any questions or concerns. We will give you set dates for things like spay/neuter and needed vaccines, so you know each stage of the fostering process.
Our Goal: All kittens under 3 months and puppies under 2 months old will be in foster homes, and all dogs undergoing heartworm treatment. We are estimating that we need about 25 kitty foster homes, 10 puppy foster homes and 10 adult dog foster homes.
Please e-mail Diane for more info:
Potential foster families must complete an application and host a home visit by a BCHS representative. Foster homes are considered an extension of the Shelter and, therefore, must be inspected prior to fostering and at intermittent intervals. Contact Diane for an application and to set up a time for a home visit.
- Feed, socialize, exercise, groom and medicate animals as needed.
- Ensure the animal’s safety and respond to the animal’s needs.
- Isolate foster animals from your own companion animals when necessary.
- Ensure that your companion animals are current on vaccinations and spayed or neutered.
- Observe and report any problems with the animal to the shelter.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding foster animals and their situations.
- Return the animal to the Society at the appropriate time.
- Comply with the Society’s philosophies and policies and act as a Society representative.
- Bring foster animals to BCHS adoption events so that they will be given every opportunity to be placed in permanent, adoptive homes.
- Ensure fostered pets remain under the care of the foster family at all times.