WOULD YOU LIKE TO FOSTER AN ANIMAL?
Help change a life
Being a foster is a very rewarding experience. Fosterers get to care for animals who have generally received very little love and attention in their lives. Many have also suffered physical trauma and are found in very bad condition and nursed back to health. The love we give them causes their wonderful personalities to emerge. Their happy smiles and snuggles warm our hearts.
Fosterers are also an integral part of our team at Rescue P.A.WS. The ability to re-home dogs for a short time while we source adopters and flight volunteers opens up space in our kennels for sterilization preparation and recovery, allowing us to conduct more sterilizations and reduce the number of street dogs and cats in our region.
Fosterers also provide an important home experience for street dogs and cats destined for life in a family environment. Without this experience, there is a risk that when animals go abroad, the abrupt change from the streets to a family home environment is too great for them to handle. Fosterers provide that critical intermediary stage between the streets and family life.
Why should you adopt?
By fostering a Rescue P.A.W.S. dog or cat, not only will you be making life better for that animal, but you are also preparing that animal to make a smoother transition to its furever home. This may be through training them in basic commands, helping them overcome anxiety or simply giving them a chance to understand what it means to be loved.
Moreover, as a fosterer, you will be helping to save the lives of dozens if not hundreds of street dogs and their unwanted puppies. While these animals are in your care, it opens up space in our kennels, which are few in number. The kennels are mainly for animals to prepare for sterilization and to recover after their operations, before they are generally returned to their packs. With that open kennel space, the Rescue P.A.W.S. team can bring in many new dogs for sterilization each month, reducing the stray population, which is our ultimate mission.
Together we can find suitable homes for these animals and make sure that they get the best start in their new life while continuing to save those dogs and cats on the streets who need someone to fight for them!
I’m ready to foster, what do I need to do?
The main elements needed to be a good foster are a home where your foster dog or cat can spend lots of time indoors, a secured yard/outdoor area, time to spend with your foster dog or cat, and unconditional love. Some other elements include:
- Willingness and ability to cover any vet costs
- Enrichment toys
- Leads and Harnesses
Your responsibilities as a foster
All fosters are required to agree to the following:
- The animal is to be treated with dignity, kindness and love in a permanent home
- Fosters must ensure that the animal always has access to food, clean drinking water, daily exercise and any medical treatment it may need, as well as ensure its emotional well-being
- Fosters are required to provide animals with adequate shelter from the elements
- No animal fostered from Rescue P.A.W.S. is allowed to be used as a guard or security animal at a place of business, or for exhibit or performance purposes. Animals are not to be given as a gift. This animal is meant to be a pet in a loving home
- The foster family must be committed to helping Rescue P.A.W.S. find a suitable home for the fostered dog/cat. This means providing information about the animal, as well as photos and videos that could ultimately lead to the animal’s adoption. Rescue P.A.W.S. can contact fosters at any time to provide useful information that could lead to the adoption of an animal
- Once a dog or cat has been adopted the foster family must return the animal to Rescue P.A.W.S at an agreed-upon time.
- The dog/cat will not be kept strictly outdoors.
- The dog/cat will not be kept on a chain.
- The dog/cat will be provided with a safe collar, where rabies and ID tags are attached at all times.
- The foster shall obey all applicable laws governing control and custody of the dog/cat.
- The dog/cat is not to be sold or given away for any reason. If fostering the animal becomes difficult, Rescue P.A.W.S. must be contacted and returned to their care.