Another very important part of animal rescue is a dependable group of foster homes. Without foster homes a group like ours wouldn’t be able to save nearly as many lives as we do!
Many rescues use foster homes to provide temporary homes for the animals in their care. A foster cares for the animal in their own home while that animal waits for adoption.
Here at the rescue, every foster home we have, means another life that can be saved. We rely heavily on our foster homes, without them we could not save as many animals from being euthanized. We work with other shelters to get the critters that are most at risk out of the shelters before their “time is up”. When possible we will also take in “pets” from owners who can no longer look after them.
The more foster homes we have the more critters we can save. Although we realize that we can’t save them all, each and every foster home can help us save one more life and make a huge difference to that one animal.
Reasons for Fostering:
- Socialisation - Some animals come to our rescue after being neglected and may not have had much human contact. Being in foster care allows these animals to have special attention which helps them get over their fear or humans.
- Medical Care – Some animals may need medical care before they can be rehomed.
- Over Crowding – Most rescues often use foster carers to look after the many animals in their care when there is not enough room to house them at their rescue itself.
- Babies - Pregnant rabbits or babies to young to go to new homes are often housed in foster homes so they can get plenty of special attention.
- Seeing if a critter is right for you - Besides saving an animal’s life, fostering is also a great way to find out if a certain type of critter is the right pet for you and your family. You will have no obligation to keep fostering the animal if it is not working out for you. However we do ask that you give notice so we can locate another foster home.
- Fostering To Adopt - Fostering is great if you have an existing pet and think you may like to add another member to your family. Fostering will give you a chance to see if this pet is the right fit for your family. It will also give you time to see if other pets you may have in your home, or other family members can get along with the animal before you make the final commitment to adopt that animal.
We try to supply our foster homes with a cage, litter box, bowl and water bottle when posible. We can also supply the litter, pellets and hay if needed but it is always a help if the foster home can help with some of these supplies.
If you are interested in becoming a foster home for one of our animals please fill out the foster application by clicking here.