What is a Foster Home?
Since we don’t have a shelter facility, we operate completely thru utilization of foster homes. A foster home is a temporary living situation in your home for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love. This is a critical need as the number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.
Because we don’t have a shelter facility, the only way that we can save these animals is with the help of foster homes. Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption. Older pets who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.
In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of losing their family and having been surrendered to be rehomed. For the dogs and cats in our program; they will need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.
Being a pet 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.
How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?
Fosters will keep animals an average of 4 to 6 weeks unless it is medically or behaviorally indicated otherwise; but sometimes it can be longer. Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior issues. As Clermont Pets Alive! is building our network and adoption programs and venues, your foster home is vital for us to keep the animals healthy and safe while searching for their Forever Homes. You will be told up-front before you agree to foster the pet how long of a commitment we believe it will be.
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
How Do I Start Fostering?
Thank you for your interest in fostering for Clermont Pets Alive! The quickest, easiest way to get approved to provide temporary homes, love and affection to our animals is for you to complete the Online Foster Application in its entirety. If you’re unable to complete the form you can download a copy of the Foster Application and fax your completed application to 877-204-4863.
We take pride in making sure animals in the care of Clermont Pets Alive! get the best treatment. We’ll review your application promptly and follow-up with you quickly so you can begin experiencing the joy of fostering animals for Clermont Pets Alive!