Are you able to separate the foster pets from your own? You should have a place where you can isolate your foster pet from your own companion animals. A separate room or enclosed area with no carpet will work best. This is not an absolute requirement in most cases, but depending on the foster animal you take into your home, it might be.
Are you aware that there is a great deal of clean-up and even possible damage to your home when you take a foster pet home? Foster pets have ruined drapes, carpeting, clothing, and other valuable items. Preparing your home and the area the animal will stay in can prevent most accidents, but not all of them! So you must be prepared to have a ton of patience and understanding.
Are you able to monitor the health of the foster pet? You will need to pay attention to signs of illness or worsening of symptoms and call/text your SNARL representative if you are concerned. Before taking in a foster, ask us or the vet what to look for. If you see troubling signs, we will help you decide if you should bring the animal in for treatment.
Can you get to our vet quickly in case of an emergency? SNARL works with a couple select vets who will treat your foster pet at no charge to you. If the animal you are fostering needs medical attention, you will need to transport him or her to our vet’s office or shelter for care. If you transport the animal to a vet outside of our approved clinics without approval in advance, we may be unable to reimburse you for any expenses associated with the visit.
Are you emotionally prepared to return the pet after the foster period is up? It can be very difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached to an animal! Be prepared for tears and heartache when the day comes that you must bring your first foster pet to an adoption event or meet and greet. But remember, he or she is now much more likely to find a loving, permanent home because of YOUR care! AND, if you absolutely cannot part with your foster baby you will get first dibs on adopting them as long as the adoption will not put you over the legal ownership limit.
Do you feel comfortable explaining to friends that these pets are not yours to adopt out and that they must go through the regular adoption process with SNARL? If you are interested in helping to find a home for your foster pet, refer your friends and family to our rescue’s website to complete an adoption application.
Qualifications To be a successful foster parent, you will need a compassionate nature, the cooperation of your family or roommates, flexibility, and some knowledge of animal behavior. The length of time a foster pet may stay in your home varies with the animal’s situation. Some pets take longer to find homes for, so you must be willing to foster the pet until he/she is adopted. There is also a chance that the pet is returned to the rescue after being adopted and you must also be willing to take the foster pet back into your home if he/she is returned.
You must be at least 18 years of age.
You must be able and willing to transport your foster to and from vet appointments, adoption events, photo shoots, fundraisers, training sessions, and meet and greets upon request.
SNARL will conduct a home visit prior to you receiving your first foster pet. You must pass the home inspection in order to start fostering a SNARL pet.
Foster Policies and Procedures You will be required to fill out a foster agreement and liability waiver in the event that you are approved to be a SNARL foster.
SNARL will work with you to identify the type of pet you should foster (puppies, large or small dogs, cats, kittens, etc.). Your SNARL representative will contact you when a suitable pet is in need of fostering or you can check in with us to see who is currently in need of foster. SNARL requires that all foster parent’s own pets are up-to-date on all vaccinations before the volunteer can foster. SNARL will provide the foster parent with food and supplies for the pet’s care as needed, however you are welcome to providing your own supplies.
Preparing Your Home If you are fostering kittens or puppies, remember that they will play or chew anything they can find, including drapes, electrical cords and lampshades. So be sure to kitten-/puppy-proof your home. You can use google to search for articles on how to prepare your home for a foster pet.