Oftentimes people who care about the plight of homeless and unwanted animals are overwhelmed by the enormity of the problem. It's true that no one person can save them all - but if you can make a difference in the life of even one animal, your contribution is invaluable!
The Caldwell County Animal Control (CCACC) Shelter is recruiting volunteers to act as foster "parents" to dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Animals that are generally identified as needing foster care are those that are:
- too young to be adopted
- need further socialization
- having a difficult time adjusting to the shelter environment
- needing to be moved out of the shelter due to overcrowding.
Fostering an animal in your home provides a caring environment until they can be adopted. Fostering requires dedication, patience, hard work, and a deep commitment. It can be an extremely rewarding experience for both the animal and the foster caregiver.
The benefits of fostering a pet are numerous. The animal has an opportunity to live in a more personal and loving setting. It also provides a safe and secure place where the pet's true personality traits can emerge. This observation can be helpful in determining the best environment for placing that particular animal. Most people want to know all they can about a perspective pets before adopting, and foster caregivers can provide that information. Another important benefit to animal in foster care is the love, individual attention, and training they receive.
People too benefit from fostering an animal. Fostering provides an opportunity for people to experience various animal breeds, which can assist them in making an informed decision prior to adopting an animal. Foster caregivers also experience the joy of knowing the animal will get placed in a good home after adoption. Most importantly, fostering frees up much needed space in the shelter for other animal that are in need of homes.
What is a foster caregiver?
A foster caregiver provides a temporary home for an animal from the shelter for thirty (30) to up to sixty (60) days. Being a foster caregiver is like being a grandparent - all the enjoyment of caring for an animal without the lifetime responsibility. However, a foster parent must be the type of person who can take home a needy animal, care for it and bond with it, and then be able to let it go to another family.
Who can be a foster caregiver?
Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and has some experience with animals can be a foster caregiver. Those who rent or lease are required to have landlord approval for the type and size of animal that is to be fostered. All pets that are owned by the foster caregiver must be up to date on their vaccination and heartworm preventative. Foster caregivers must be able to keep the fostered animal and their own animals separated for at least ten (10) days.
How do I become a foster caregiver?
Each foster caregiver must complete a Foster Home Application and attend a brief orientation about the Foster Care Program. Also, an inspection of the foster home will be done by CCACC staff prior to approval of a foster parent. Click here for a Foster Home Application.
What are the foster home's responsibilities?
The animal shelter expects all animal held in foster homes will be welcomed as a family member of the family. Foster caregivers must be able to provide a clean, safe environment in which to care for the animal to prevent injury and the spread of disease. Food, cat litter, flea control, milk re-placer, and any medication not dispensed by the shelter are the responsibility of the foster caregiver, as we do not have the funding to provide the supplies outside of the shelter.
In the event that the animal in your foster care becomes ill, veterinary staff are not readily available to assist you. If, however, veterinarian care is required, contact the animal shelter as soon as possible so arrangements can be made for your fostered animal to receive care.
What are caldwell county animal shelter's responsibities?
Caldwell County Animal Control will hold orientation/training meetings to review foster care program expectations, distribute pertinent materials and answer questions. Animal Control officials may periodically perform home visits to address concerns/questions of foster caregivers and ensure animals are being properly taken care of. At the end of the foster period, shelter staff will examine the animal's health, administer initial booster vaccinations, and place the animal at the shelter to await adoption into a permanent home.
Can I adopt an animal that I foster?
Yes! Foster parents will be given first priority for adopting any animal in their care, as long as the adoption of the animal does not put the foster caregiver in violation of the Caldwell County Animal Control Ordinance. All normal adoption fees and services will apply.
Can I adopt out a fostered animal to someone else?
No. All animals in foster care continue to be the property of the Caldwell County Animal Shelter, and therefore, all CCACC procedures must be followed. Any person wishing to adopt an animal that you are fostering must come to the shelter and follow all normal adoption procedures.
For questions or comments, please call (828) 757-8625.