Whether you are from a human services shelter wanting to start your own foster program or an animal shelter looking to expand your foster services to help pets of people in crisis, check out what our partners say works for them!
Animal Welfare Organizations
Fostering Owned Pets is a Different Ball of Fur
Your animal shelter may want to start a Temporary Care Program for people in your community that are experiencing some sort of crisis. Some Temp Care Programs house the pets in their shelter, some are strictly foster-based, and some utilize both strategies. Regardless of the housing strategy you select, there are some things to consider about these pets.
Many of the pets that come in from human service organizations may have witnessed or been victims of domestic violence. This experience may have left them with some PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or, at the very least, high-stress levels.
While your staff may have experience with anxiety and stress, your average foster parent may not. Choose your fosters wisely and prepare them for what behaviors they may expect from these pets.
Check out our Temporary Care Program foster agreement example in the Documents Library to see an example of what our partners are using.