Fostering Q and A

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. 

Why Foster?

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 >>

Snow Alert!


Snow needs your help! She has 7 beautiful puppies about 2-3 weeks old.  Homeward Bound WV took them from a high kill shelter to give them a chance at life.  However, Snow is suffering from a bladder stone that has grown to the point that she no longer has control of her bladder and is constantly bleeding.  Even in her pain she is still caring for her pups.

SnowPicWe are reaching out to you for help because Snow is in need of surgery.  Please visit the link below to read more about Snow’s condition, donate to help with her surgery costs, or just share her story in hopes that others can help as well because every little bit helps. Homeward Bound WV is a non-profit organization, and our goal is to save the lives of animals but we can’t do it without the help of our community.

Homeward Bound WV Named Rescue Ambassador


We have some exciting news to share!  Homeward Bound WV has been selected by the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue organization as a Rescue Ambassador.  Fewer than 50 rescues nationwide will receive this designation this year so we are truly honored to be recognized by this distinguished group.

1981905_10152029985763123_1856632953_nPurina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue supports hundreds of small rescue groups across the country. They recognize the importance of the work pet rescuers do to help protect homeless pets and help them give rescued pets the nutrition and care they need and the loving homes they deserve.

What does this mean for Homeward Bound WV?  Selected Rescue Ambassadors benefit in so many ways from this program. Among the many benefits, we will receive free Purina Pro Plan dog/cat food, free Fortiflora nutritional supplements via our vet, access to Rally to Rescue adoption and fundraising events, etc.  Our first shipment of 175 lbs. of Purina Pro Plan cat food will be shipped to us next month!

RallytoRescue_BlueWe are so thankful to the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue organization and are excited to be involved in this wonderful program!

Tiny Kitty Victim to Steel Trap


On her way home, 16 year old Samantha “Samm” Thomas saw a small kitty struggling alongside the road, very exhausted and dragging something. Samm stopped and went to the little stray and was horrified to see the kitty’s front leg mangled and caught in a steel trap.

BelleSammPhoto_3After getting a friend to help her pry the trap from this poor cat’s leg, Samm called Homeward Bound for help.  Samm immediately took the young cat, which she named Belle, to the vet for medical attention.

Once caught in the trap, Belle of course struggled to get away. Not only did the trap inflict a lot of damage to her leg but the weight of it, which was much more than little Belle herself, resulted in severe nerve damage all the way up to her shoulder.  The vet concluded that little Belle must have her leg amputated.



Samm’s brave and quick actions helped save Belle’s life but her veterinary care has created a sizeable bill.  Now Homeward Bound WV is asking for your help!

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