Sometimes a shelter animal just needs a little extra time to meet their new family and fostering is the perfect way to provide that for them. And there are some pets that get stressed out or too wound up during their stay at a shelter to be in a good space when they meet potential adopters and these animals can greatly benefit from having some time at a home where they can rest and rebalance and be in a good place to connect with people who might adopt them. Certain breeds need lots of exercise and just having a set up that provides for their basic physical needs for physical activity during their time between families can make a world of difference for them.
There are also many people who love animals but are not in a position to make a long term commitment but would be happy to provide food and shelter and safety and exercise for a furry friend in need to help them bridge to a successful adoption and fostering a homeless pet can be the perfect match for people in this position.
We are in the beginning stages of exploring how to create and maintain a fostering program for cats and dogs here in our area. We are looking at some existing models of successful programs at work in other shelters around the country, as well as coordinating and collaborating with the local shelter and the High Desert Humane Society to design a fostering system that will work well for them and others.
Meanwhile, if you are interesting in fostering a cat or a dog, you can speak to the staff at the High Desert Humane Society. They recommend that those who wish to foster a dog or cat now go through the full normal process of adopting an animal, including paying the fees for a license, shots and spay/neutering if they are needed, and then you can have the family who adopts the animal reimburse you. The Humane Society will continue to promote the animal for adoption and this method is perfect in that it does not add more work and red tape and issues of accountability etc to their workload and makes fostering animals for them something that we can start doing now if there are those who are wanting to help in this way.
The reason for this interim approach is that it assures the animals who go into foster care are up to date on shots and have been spay/neutered and the Humane Society won't be liable for the animals who are in the care of other people.
They have had success with people doing this type of fostering who are good at networking and getting certain animals (for example a specific breed) out of the shelter and into a temporary home where they can be safe and loved and have some time for the contacts to take place.
It would just entail the initial financial outlay to cover the "adoption" costs at the shelter in alignment with their adoption policies and then, as the animal is adopted, you can have the new "owner" pay you back and have that money to use again to foster a new pet!
It involves a little initial cash outlay, but gets the animal into a safe place where they can have more time and experience a gentle and loving life until they are adopted permanently. And it is a wonderful way for the community to step in to work with the local shelter in a loving way to ease the overwhelming conditions of animals streaming in to their place who need shelter when they have a limited space there.
The Humane Society is totally comfortable with working with those interested in fostering in this way immediately....which is awesome!
Once the cat or dog is adopted, all you need to do is let the staff at the shelter know and they are happy to switch over the paperwork and license to the new owner's name. Then you can foster another furry friend when you are ready!
I have a "Divine Love and Animals" Facebook Page for people to post pictures and news to help get the word of out about animals in need of fostering and adoption in our area....and am working to build a good set of networking resources to help those fostering pets to get the word out here.
Want to adopt a dog or cat? Do you have an animal you need to put up for adoption? Do you wish to help animals in need find a loving home? Are you a good networker? Join us in our efforts to raise the rate of adoptions in our area!
Would you like to foster a cat? Would you like to have a dog companion but can't make a long-term commitment? Fostering a pet may be the perfect fit for you!Click Here For More Information
Do you have a companion animal in need of spaying or neutering? Would you like to join the effort to educate and reach out to those who may not understand the importance of spaying and neutering? Check out the resources available to support our efforts to decrease the overpopulation of dogs and cats....Click Here For More Information
What can you do to help?
We would love to have you join us in bringing love and support to our furry friends...
Here are some ideas....
You can walk dogs and visit the cats at the Humane Society!learn more here
You can learn and share some facts about spay/neutering!learn more here
You can foster a dog or a cat!learn more here
You can help dogs and cats who need new homes to find them!learn more here
Are you an educator in our area? We would love to work with you!learn more here
Stay tuned for more fun-filled projects unfolding!!
Meet Charlie chan!
UPDATE 04/30/13:WOOHOO CHARLIE WAS ADOPTED THIS PAST WEEKEND!! Thanks to Jane for fostering this gorgeous boy so he had that little bit of extra time for his family to find him!! He is a true gift to this world...we are all lucky to have him alive and here with us!! We wish you a happy long life Charlie Chan....