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Fostering: Are You Really Ready?
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Are You Ready To Become A Foster?

Before you decide that you want to become a foster, please ask yourself the following questions.  Remember, we are placing a living creature in your hands and you must be prepared to actively and responsibly provide them care.

Are you able to separate the foster pets from your own?
You should have a place where you can isolate your foster pet from your own companion animals. A separate room or enclosed area with no carpet will work best.

Are you aware that there is a great deal of clean-up and even possible damage to your home when you take a foster pet home?
Foster pets have ruined drapes, carpeting, clothing, and other valuable items. Preparing your home and the area the animal will stay in can prevent most accidents, but not all of them!

Are you able to monitor the health of the foster pet?
You will need to pay attention to signs of illness or worsening of symptoms and call the shelter if you are concerned. Before taking in a foster, ask the foster care coordinator what to look for. If you see troubling signs, the coordinator will help you decide if you should bring the animal in for treatment.

Can you get to the shelter’s vet quickly in case of an emergency?
The shelter works with a vet who will treat your foster pet at no charge to you. If the animal you are fostering needs medical attention, you will need to transport him or her to the vet’s office or shelter for care.

Are you emotionally prepared to return the pet after the foster period is up?
It can be very difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached to an animal! Be prepared for tears and heartache when the day comes that you must bring your first foster pet back to the shelter. But remember, he or she is now much more likely to find a loving, permanent home because of YOUR care!

Do you feel comfortable explaining to friends that these pets are not yours to adopt out and that they must go through the regular adoption process at the shelter?
If you are interested in helping to find a home for your foster pet, refer your friends and family to the shelter to complete an adoption application.

Are you prepared to give the shelter regular updates about the fostered pets?
Even while you foster, the shelter may continue to seek a permanent forever home for the fostered pet.  This means you will need to provide regular updates and pictures to shelter staff.