Become a Foster
Becoming a foster home for FurKidz 911 is truly a rewarding experience. Not only will you be giving back to our community, you are keeping a dog or cat out of our crowded shelters. People who are hospitalized or going through treatment, should not have to sacrifice their pet because of a temporary crisis. Imagine a pet owner who has asked family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors for help, but no one is able to care for their pet while they are hospitalized or in treatment. When our organization’s mission was doing rescue work, we sadly had to turn these requests away.
Our foster program is a unique one, very different from what we were used to in rescue. These pets have been in loving homes and been cared for so their behavior and medical history is known. There is also a set date when your foster pet would go back to his/her owner.
To be a foster volunteer:
Our foster parents must be able to provide a safe, loving and stable environment for the foster pet. Experience with dogs and cats and their behavior is a plus, but is not necessary. A yard with a fence is preferred (for dogs) but not mandatory. Your foster pet may need daily exercise, so please keep this in mind. If you foster a cat, the cat must remain indoors.
As a foster parent, you choose the length of time you can commit, what type of pet (dog/cat) you can foster, the breed, the size of the pet, and gender. We will carefully match the foster pet to your home environment. If you can foster more than one pet – that would be very much appreciated!
Your foster pet will come with food and supplies and will be fully vetted before coming to your home. Should your foster pet need medical attention, we will provide a vet clinic for you to take your foster pet to.
We will be available to you should you have any concerns or questions about your foster pet. We can provide training assistance, grooming, and if you need to go out of town during your fostering commitment, we can provide a temporary foster (or boarding) until you return.
We ask foster parents to meet with the pet owner to get background information and if needed, transport their foster pet from their care, then later back to them (the pet owner may be too ill to transport). Meeting someone whose life you have just turned around by saving their beloved companion from the shelter or rehoming can be one of the best moments of your life. It will be a story you share over and over again and maybe make friends that can last a lifetime.
To begin fostering, please fill out the foster application form (located on the left column). Once we receive your application, we will set up a time to meet with you in your home to go over the foster agreement and to get an idea of your home environment for pet matching purposes.
If you have questions about our foster volunteer program, please contact us.