What is a Foster Home?
A foster home is one which provides a safe, temporary living situation for pets in our program while we help them find their forever home. The foster family provides accommodations, food, water, regular appropriate exercise, love and attention. The foster family will be able to share valuable information about the animal’s temperament, health and overall well being. Adoptions can take place directly from the foster home by an HPA! representative approved adopter or at an adoption event. The number of animals that we can save from the shelter depends entirely on the number of people who open up their homes and hearts to foster them.
Every day we receive a list of animals, from the county shelter, who are at risk of being put to sleep in less than 24 hours. The only way that we can save these animals is with the help of foster homes. Young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption. Older pets who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.
Being a pet foster family has rewards that extend beyond helping an animal find a home. All of the animals in our program would have been put down at the county shelter without dedicated fosters. By fostering one of our animals, you are quite literally saving their life. Becoming a foster gives you the chance to experience having an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet.
What can I expect when I foster a HPA! animal?
Typically, when the animal is medically and behaviorally ready for adoption and proper marketing has been done (bio on websites and attending regular adoption events), it takes about 3 – 6 weeks for the pet to be adopted. Some pets need more time due to age, illness, injury or behavioral issues.
What are the responsibilities of being a Foster Family?
- Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
- Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
- Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
- Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments
- Transport to/from offsite adoption events
- In certain cases, especially for cats and bottle baby kittens, the foster pets require isolation from other animals in the home for 10-14 days or longer, if the foster pet is sick