We often have supporters ask us what exactly goes into fostering a shelter animal. How long would the animal stay with you? Are animals with special needs the only ones in need of foster homes? Why do you need people to foster a shelter animal? How much does it cost? We could go on and on with the questions, but let us give you some answers.
Our foster program is set up to not only help the current shelter animals but also to help our shelter take in more animals. Being a foster essentially means taking in an animal for a short period of time and loving them like your own. Fostering is a short term, temporary arrangement.
Usually, we foster animals scheduled for transport, those with special needs, and occasionally moms and babies. It is healthier for the babies to start their lives in a home environment instead of a rowdy shelter.
So how do you become a foster? The first step includes filling out an application. This will give TLHS an idea of what would be the best fit for you and which animals you would be able to foster. The application process proceeds fairly quickly, often leading to the foster taking a pet home the same day.
We supply everything needed to care for the animal, from food to specific medications. We also give the foster family Michelle’s personal cell phone number, so if an emergency occurs, someone can be reached at all times.
The length of fostering depends on the animal’s situation. If you decide to foster a transfer pet, you could be anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks with the animals, depending on vaccinations and spaying/neutering. If you foster a mommy and her babies, you could be fostering from 6 to 8 weeks.
We know a foster is a special and kind person. Fostering isn’t a life-time commitment; it is a commitment to save a life.
If you are interested in becoming a foster, please contact us.