What is a Foster Home?
A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are waiting to be adopted. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love.
The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them. We do not have a shelter.
The only way that we can save homeless pets is with the help of foster homes.
Being a pet foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special change of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home, or to overcome a behavioral issue. Occasionally, it’s the joy of giving extra TLC to kittens and puppies too young to be adopted.
Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption.
Adult dogs and cats, need foster homes to save them from Kill shelters, from inhumane living conditions or if an owner simply can’t keep their beloved pet any longer and want to see it re-homed.
We provide guidance, support and vet care for the pets in your care. If needed, we can provide food and litter.
How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?
Ideally, a foster will keep their pet until it is adopted. If possible, we ask that you bring your foster pet to our adoption events at Petco on Sundays. You can drop them off but they have a much better chance of being adopted if you stay at Petco to answer questions and show off your foster pet!
What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?
- Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
- Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and indoor shelter
- Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
- Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments, if possible
- Transport to/from offsite adoption events, if possible
- In certain cases, especially for cats and bottle baby kittens, the foster pets require isolation from other animals in the home for 10-14 days or longer, if the foster pet is sick
If you’re interested in becoming a pet foster family, fill out our application here >> http://www.homewardboundwv.org/foster-application/.