Foster Care Program
"I love fostering because it offers stability and attention to kittens [and other animals] at a time when they need it most...that care is crucial because it helps ready them for their forever homes."-Jessica L, foster parent
To become a foster parent, you must be at least 18 years of age, have passion for helping animals, and complete the foster volunteer sign up. Once your completed form has been received, you will be emailed and counseled by the Foster Program Manager when you are recruited for your first set of fosters! Our program includes Classroom Critters, Hospice Foster, Dog & Puppy Foster, Cat & Kitten Foster, and Small Animal Foster. If you have questions, contact the Foster Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-672-3907 x 113.
Foster Volunteers are Essential
Foster parents provide a temporary home while an animal prepares itself for adoption. As a foster parent, you provide a second chance for an animal. A mother cat needing a place to raise her kittens; a dog needing a home environment to feel safe; kittens needing a bit of extra help trusting humans... all of these reasons prove that foster care is important. Foster parents provide a clean, safe, loving environment for homeless pets and help them prepare to find a forever home. After receiving foster care, these pets are healthier and happier, which means they are well prepared to be adopted by a loving family.
Who can be Fostered?
Animals who are not ready for adoption for any reason are candidates for foster care. As a foster parent, you may take in a mother cat and her kittens...some tiny lions that need to trust humans, or a dog experiencing kennel stress. Any animal not thriving in the shelter may be sent to foster care.
It Takes Time
Foster stays may be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks or more. Foster animals are matched with foster parents based on the individual needs of the pet and the experience, preference and availability of foster parents. Saving Grace fosters year-round, but the greatest need is May through October, during “kitten season.” This is why spaying and neutering your pets is so important!
1. Make sure your foster animal(s) is always kept separate from your personal pets.
2. Spending time with your foster animal(s) is so important, especially for socialization.
3. Make sure everyone in your home is ready to foster... it takes a village!
4. You may have to foster longer than anticipated depending on the animals' needs.
5. You will need to make trips to the shelter for booster exams, illness, or other reasons deemed necessary by Saving Grace.