Thank you for your interest in fostering an animal on behalf of the Humane Society!
Our foster program is a unique way to directly help an animal. We rely a great deal on foster homes to support the number of animals and variety of conditions that we deal with through our shelter.
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What animals require foster homes and why?
We know it is best for an animal to be in a home so it can be socialized and trained to behave well in that environment and so that when it gets adopted, it will have an easier transition into its forever home. However, we do not place just any animal in foster. We prefer our animals for adoption to remain visible to the public, should someone wish to meet them for adoption consideration.
Since puppies and kittens draw a lot of attention and interest, we typically do not place them into foster care, unless there is a special reason for doing so. The animals we place in foster homes benefit from a home environment for a number of reasons. They may:
-be sick and require daily medical attention or observations which are best done away from other animals
-be extremely frightened of the shelter environment
-require a special diet that is more easily administered by one person consistently
-be “overflow” animals that could not be housed in the shelter if the kennels are at capacity
-be long-term “residents” at the shelter and need a break from it, into a quiet, calmer place
How long do animals stay in foster?
The duration of fostering is dependant on the reason the animal is placed into foster. If the fostering is done for a medical reason or for administering a special diet program, the animal can remain in foster care until it is well enough to return to the shelter. If a puppy or kitten or “overflow” animal is being fostered, it will be removed from the foster home as soon as space becomes available at the shelter.
All foster placements will be done on 30-day terms. This means that a foster home may be contacted by a PVHS staff member 30 days after the animal was originally placed in foster care, so that the animal’s status can be assessed. If after 30 days, the animal is still experiencing a condition that would be best accommodated by continued fostering, the term will be renewed.
Who pays the expenses for food, medical treatments and other supplies?
The PVHS appreciates when foster homes donate supplies for the animal they are fostering, but we cannot require that foster homes do so. We always provide the food and can provide litter, litter boxes, food/water dishes, crates, bedding, treats, etc. where needed.We have these items available at the shelter and arrangements can be made for these to be picked up, as needed, during the fostering term.
Medical concerns of any kind must be handled THROUGH THE PVHS DIRECTLY and not through the vet clinic. If a foster home has a concern that they wish to seek veterinary advice about, they must make arrangements with the PVHS to bring the animal back to the shelter. The PVHS Shelter Manager will then assess the medical condition and will take appropriate action. In some cases, the foster family will be asked to leave the animal at the shelter until an appointment can be made with the vet clinic. Even emergency concerns MUST be handled through the PVHS directly.
**A foster family will not be authorized to receive veterinary supplies, food or treatment at the vet clinic without the prior consent of the PVHS Shelter Manager.**
Are foster animals available for adoption?
Foster animals remain advertised as available for adoption during their stay in a foster home, so this means potential adopters may wish to meet the animal. Foster homes may be asked to accommodate the animal being viewed by potential adopters, by either allowing them to visit the animal in the foster home, or by temporarily bringing the animal to the shelter.
Many foster homes fall in love with their foster animal and wish to keep it. Foster families will be given priority over other interested adopters, however, the same adoption fees will apply. At any point during the 30 day term, every foster family has the right to adopt their foster animal. At the end of the 30 day term, if the foster family has not made a decision to adopt, the animal must be returned to the PVHS shelter, or the terms of the fostering must be renewed.
If you have any questions regarding fostering, please contact the PVHS Shelter Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.