Foster a Pet
You’d love to rescue a pet, but you’re not quite ready to adopt one. Or maybe you love being around pets, but just don’t want the commitment of owning one. Why not consider providing foster care instead?
When you foster a pet, you play a huge part in saving a pet’s life. You instantly take them out of the shelter, off the euthanasia list and into the safety of your home.
Why we need Foster Homes
A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets while they wait to be placed in our Adoption Center or in their forever home (whichever comes first).
As much as we’d like to take in ALL the animals that come to us, there are instances when we absolutely cannot. We especially need support from Foster Homes when:
- There is no room at the Adoption Center. We can only accommodate around 50 cats and dogs at a time. However, if we can find people to foster animals, we can accept the animal into our system and keep them from being surrendered to the city shelter (and risk being euthanized!) or abandoned elsewhere.
- The pet isn't ready. Sometimes we can’t bring pets directly into the Adoption Center because of their age, health, or anxiety issues. Kittens and puppies need to be old enough, fully vaccinated and spayed/neutered before they’re ready to enter the center.
- The pet needs special care. Older pets who are injured or sick need a place to stay where they can receive special care before being placed at the center. Sometimes pets simply get stressed out being with all the other pets and need a temporary home away from it all.
Responsibilities of Foster Homes
When you agree to foster a pet, you agree to do the following:
- Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
- Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
- Provide exercise, socialization, and playtime as appropriate (based on breed, age, physical ability, etc.)
- Provide access to an enclosed yard or leashed walks
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
- Supervise the pet when outdoors, with other pets and children
- Transport to and from any necessary vet appointments
- Transport to and from offsite the Adoption Center and/or events
- Providing regular updates on pet's health, temperament, activity, etc.
How Long Can You Expect to Foster a Pet?
Most animals remain in foster for 4-6 weeks; however, length of time is always on a case by case basis depending on the pet's situation.
What MHC provides for Foster Cats & Dogs
Cats & dogs that go into foster care will have the following provided:
- Collar and tag with MHC info
- Toys (if needed)
Cancelling a Foster Home Assignment
If for any reason or at any time the Foster Home feels that they are unable to continue providing foster care, they will contact MHC or the Foster Program Director immediately to make other arrangements. At no point will the animal be allowed to stay at another residence or with another party without first being approved by MHC.
The goal of fostering is to provide a home atmosphere that will allow the dog or cat to decompress and really show their true personality while we work to find their forever family. It also allows them more time to interact with humans and other animals and get more exercise. Because these animals are actively available for adoption, we will require them to be present at some or all adoption events. If you think this might be an issue, please speak to us about accommodations.
Interested in becoming a Foster Parent?
Potential fosters must complete and submit a Foster Care Application Form. This application will be reviewed by the Foster Program Director or an appointed person to determine if the applicant will be allowed to foster. Prior to placing the animal in your home, we will require that each member of the family meets and interacts with the animal, including any other pets in the home. We will also have a representative complete a home check to ensure safety.