Cherokee County Humane Society

Saving lives since 1975
770-592-8072

What does It Means To Foster An Animal?

     When you foster a pet, you are giving the animal a wonderful quality of life until it gets adopted by someone else. Many times, pet foster parents will adopt the fostered animal, while others will care for many pets over the course of their lives, creating space at the shelter for more animals.

     Just like a regular pet parent, people who foster pets from a local shelter need to have ample time to provide pet care to the animal they are fostering. Additionally, foster pet parents need to have some experience with animals. Most shelters have applications on which volunteers can describe their experience with animals and what they feel comfortable caring for. Individuals who have extensive experience with animal care or behavior may be tasked with caring for a sick cat while she recovers, or puppy training an overly rambunctious youngster.

While the conditions and stipulations of a foster parent change depending on the pet, the shelter and the shelter's needs, all foster parents must be loving and patient, since the goal is to provide the animal with a consistent, stable home.

Does fostering cost a lot of money?

     Most shelters will provide the pet supplies and veterinary care necessary to keep the dog healthy and happy, so fostering a pet is not necessarily a financial obligation. However, providing your foster pet with food and toys may be another way to contribute to the shelter's cause, since most are strapped for money and resources.

Saying goodbye to a foster pet

     Another qualification for foster pet parents is that they be able to give up their fostered animals when the time comes. This is easier for some people than others - many may find they cannot foster because it is too difficult to say goodbye to the pet.




    While it can be hard to part with an animal you may have grown attached to over the fostering period, there are some things that may help you get through the process. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that saying goodbye to a foster pet gets easier over time. The first time is particularly hard, but over time, knowing you may have saved the pet's life outweighs the sadness you feel in parting with it. Plus, this is one of the happiest events in the pet foster care system - when a pet finds a new forever family.

     While it is impossible to determine how many stray pets there are in the United States, the ASPCA estimates that there are more than 70 million stray cats alone. Fostering is one way to make a difference in the lives of many animals - whether you are caring for them in your home and making them more adoptable or allowing space for other animals in the local shelters.


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Our Foster Program

Pregnant cats or dogs, seniors, teens, and anything in between we need foster homes to be able to save them! We are foster home based and can only save lives when someone opens their home to a rescue pet. We provide food and supplies as well as pay for the vetting. All you need to supply is the home, dedication, and love. Once the animal is ready for adoption you would then bring them to adoption events/centers. For more information on fostering please fill out the foster application and we will contact you to get your started. 

 

Supplies

CCHS will provide you will supplies if you need them. If you are able to stock them yourself (supplies are a tax deduction, Keep your receipts) , we suggest the following:

  • Crate size appropriate for the animal type you wish to foster.
  • Spare towels/sheets for cages and play pens
  • Stash of dog/cat food for emergencies
  • Kitten or Puppy milk if you are a pregnant or nursing foster.
  • Gloves for cleaning up after the animals if more than one is fostered at a time. 
  • Litter if fostering cats
  • Toys
  • Crates for transporting (please label with your name in permanent marker)
  • Plastic table cloth to line your seat or trunk area in your car if you are transporting. This will protect your interior and easily cleaned. 
  • Leashes and collars if fostering dogs

When fostering for us we do ask that you are able to bring your foster animal to adoption events at least twice a month on Saturdays. If for some reason that day is not good for you please let us know and we can arrange transportation. We would also love to extend the opportunity to help at adoption events, meet the adopters, and see them get their wonderful life they always wanted! 

 

Foster Types:

Cats or Dogs:

  • Pregnant/Nursing
  • Bottle Feeding
  • Kittens/Pups (eating on their own) 
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Seniors or Hospice
  • Medical Foster ( Special needs, special medication , or illness that will require specific treatments etc)