What is a Foster Home?
A SAPA! foster home is necessary in order to take an animal off of the euthanasia list. A SAPA! foster will provide a safe and temporary living situation that will allow the foster pet to recover emotionally and physically from the stress of their previous situation. The foster family will be able to share valuable details about the animal’s personality and demeanor that will help match them with a perfect forever home. An animal can be adopted directly from a foster family or an approved adoption event.
What can I expect when I foster a SAPA! animal?
All of our foster animals are pulled directly from the euthanasia list after all other rescue groups, adopters, and outside foster programs have not been able to take them in. Without a foster system, SAPA! would not be able to take as many animals into our program and out of harm’s way.
The time a foster animal remains in foster care greatly depends on the dedication you commit to marketing your foster and the condition of the animal as it enters foster care. Typically, the average stay for a foster who is marketed correctly (pictures and bios on the website, attending events, etc) is about two to three weeks. Older animals and animals with injuries may take a little longer to find a perfect match.
Being a 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 challenge 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.
We are in need of fosters with experience in workable, but challenging animal behaviors such as excessive fear, socialization and basic training for very active dogs.
We are in need of fosters with experience or willingness to nurture animals with injuries. This would include the possibility of more frequent trips to the clinic (avg once a week), ability to provide adequate rest time, ability to change bandages, etc.
We are in need of fosters willing to provide an opportunity for animals with temporary contagions such as ringworm or sarcoptic mange to heal. Often, these animals lose their lives because there is no one willing or able to give them the 2-3 weeks of care to overcome their condition. That seems like a drop in the bucket to a lifetime of love to give!
We are in need of fosters with experience or willingness to care for orphaned puppies and kittens who need to be fed every few hours.
We are in need of foster families who can take in the occasional pregnant or nursing mom. Once the puppies are old enough to ween, the puppies can be separated into other foster homes.
As mentioned previously, in general, there is no set timeframe that a SAPA! foster can expect to foster an animal. Each dog/cat have different, specialized circumstances (see above). While some SAPA! animals in foster care can be adopted out pretty quickly, others may take several weeks.
While fostering is a temporary situation, it is still a commitment.
Before deciding to foster, please understand all of the responsibilities that comes with temporarily caring for a furry one.
What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?
- Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
- Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
- Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
- Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments
- Transport to/from offsite adoption events
**SAPA! attains the right to deny an application of a potential foster parent or retrieve a SAPA! animal currently in foster, if at anytime, we feel that any of the responsibilities listed above are not being met and that the SAPA! animal is not in a healthy, safe environment where their needs are not being met.