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What is a foster parent?
A foster parent provides a safe and loving environment and basic care for puppies or dogs until they are adopted. They teach basic house manners, such as crate, leash and house training.
How much will it cost me?
Furever Angels pays for all vetting and preventatives, and provides crates and other necessities.
It is helpful if the foster parent can transport their foster animal to events, vet visits or to meet potential adopters.
Why are pet foster parents needed?
Furever Angels does not have a facility, so we rely on foster homes to house adoptable dogs until they find forever homes. Euthanasia is prevalent and when we foster dogs, they are given a second chance for those who might never make it out of the shelter. Fostering dogs saves lives!!
Who should foster a dog?
Anyone who is willing to provide a safe, loving, and nurturing environment to a dog temporarily (or forever!).
How long is a foster period?
The length of time varies according to the breed and age of the pet; however, it usually takes a few weeks to a few months to find a suitable adopter. Puppies and 'cute scruffies' are often adopted quicker than adults.
What if I can't foster for that long?
If a foster family runs into personal situations where they can not foster until the pet is adopted, the rescue group will search for another foster home. In these cases, the rescue groups will need time to do this.
If you know you cannot foster for long, consider being a vacation foster to cover while foster families are away.
What kind of support will I get?
Rescue groups value their pet foster parents and therefore make every effort to be available for questions and tips, especially for the first time foster parent. You will typically be paired with a seasoned mentor.
Will I get too attached to my foster dog?
This is a common concern. If you go into it with the right frame of mind and know you're fostering to find the best possible home, it helps to let them go. You will be involved in the selection process of the new home. Getting updates from happy dog owners is incredibly rewarding. If you simply can't let go, you can adopt your foster. Hopefully there will always be room for a foster!
Will I have a say into who adopts my foster pet?
Yes! We want you to be as much a part of finding their forever home as you want to be. You know your foster better than anyone, and are the best person to judge the 'best fit' for the family and the foster. You will be mentored and supported through the entire process.
I already have a pet. Can I still foster?
Absolutely! Fostering is a great way to socialize your pets. We will guide you on how to introduce fosters to the resident pets, and are always available to help with any challenges you may have. People find fostering breathes new energy into their resident pets!
Can I adopt the animal I foster?
Yes! Foster parents who wish to adopt go through the same screening process as adoption applicants. It is normal for the new foster to want to adopt. With time, you learn it is a wonderful thing to love them and let them go, and it does get easier. Letting them go opens up space in your home for another life to be be saved.
Where are the pets that need foster homes?
The pets that most need foster homes are in local animal shelters and at risk of euthanasia.
Furever Angels is a No-Kill rescue organization which utilizes pre-approved foster homes where dogs receive loving care until a permanent home can be found.