What is a Foster Home?
A home which provides a safe, temporary living situation. 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 wellbeing. Adoptions can take place directly from the foster home by an HPA! representative approved adopter or at an adoption event.
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.
Fostering an animal has more benefits than the intrinsic value of saving his or her life. Foster families are able to introduce a new animal to their existing pet, it is also a chance to have a pet without the lifetime commitment.
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