SPCA Volunteer Opportunities
WHAT is a Foster Parent?
A foster parent is a person who has the strength to give a special animal a temporary spot in their home where they can feel loved and safe to help them thrive and become adoptable.
WHY become a foster parent?
Ill or injured pets will recuperate better in a calm and nurturing foster home as opposed to the already overburdened shelter environment. Oftentimes, especially during Kitten Season, there are simply too many homeless pets and not enough shelter space. Pets are given the opportunity to flourish in an environment other than the shelter which in turn allows the SPCA to provide even more homes for animals that need to be adopted.
Why do animals need foster care?
There are several possible reasons:
• Foster care can help save an animal’s life when a shelter is full.
• Some animals don’t do well in a shelter environment because they are frightened or need a little extra care.
• Newborn animals that need to be nursed or bottle-fed usually need foster care.
• Some animals need time to recover from an illness or injury before adoption.
Whatever the reason, these animals need some extra TLC and one-on-one attention before they can be adopted. Providing foster care for a few days, weeks, or months can be a lifesaving gift for an animal.
WHEN to Foster?
Now! Almost every day the SPCA takes in animals that need fostering. If they are too young, too sick or too scared to be adopted, you could make a difference in their future.
Foster animals should have an area already selected where they will eat and sleep. This can be a guest room or the kitchen; even a large bathroom can be used to slowly introduce an animal to your home. Allowing your new foster too much room to roam is not usually the best scenario. A secure, secluded location allows the animal to get acquainted to the new surroundings a little at a time. If you have pets at home, make sure to keep them separate from your fosters at first.
Eligible cats, kittens, or puppy are to be indoors only, and adult, non-heartworm positive dogs can be allowed outdoors in a fenced-in yard as long as they are monitored. All medical instructions by SPCA must be strictly followed.
There are two categories
Category 1: Fostering kittens or puppies until they are old enough to be returned to SPCA to be spayed and neutered and put up for adoption.
Category 2: Animals kept in your home until adopted.
If you select this option, you must give the SPCA permission to place your contact information on the official SPCA Adoption website so that potential adopters may reach you directly to answer questions that they may have on said animal. NO person is to come to your home to see the animal; they are only to visit the animal by appointment at the SPCA.
• Provide shelter, food, litter, transportation, and medical care to the foster animal. Supplies including food, litter, puppy pads, etc will be provided through the SPCA when available.
• Administer authorized medication and medical care as required for the foster animal.
• Must be available to make scheduled appointments at SPCA when shots are due.
• For animals being kept until adopted, maintain proactive communication with the Foster Coordinator, and market the animal by submitting regular updates and pictures to the SPCA. (Note: All applications and adoptions will go through the SPCA. The decision on placement of the animals will be made by the SPCA and not the foster.)
• Notifies SPCA immediately of any medical issues.
• Must be 18 years or older.
• Foster Parents must complete all application requirements before fostering.
• Fosters are expected to understand and uphold SPCA policies, including, but not limited to indoor only for cats and puppies, fencing for dogs.
• Fosters must also sign a Foster Contract with SPCA, defining their obligations.
Becoming a foster parent is not an easy job, and requires a serious commitment of both your time and effort. It is also a very rewarding experience, as you provide a temporary home for an animal and may be saving lives.
The following is required prior to becoming a foster
• Completion of a foster application.
To apply print and fill out the application below, then fax, email or bring it in to the adoption center.