What is Foster Care?
Foster Care is an opportunity
to provide care and love for a special needs
animal in your own home, without having to
make the long term commitment of ownership.
In addition, Operation Kindness provides
any medical care the pet may need as well
as the supplies to care for the pet(s).
Why is Foster Care so Important?
Kindness provides care for approximately 300 animals
in our shelter each day but the need to care
for more animals is always there. Since we
have limited capacity in the shelter, each
time you bring a pet into your own home to
foster, you provide the space for us to take
in another precious animal that needs our
special care and attention. In addition,
the shelter environment is not the best for
already-stressed or immune-compromised ill,
pregnant or orphaned animals. Being in a
home gives the animals a much better chance
for a speedy recovery.
Foster volunteers were vital to our ability
to rescue more than 200 pets from Hurricanes
Dennis and Katrina and helped many of these
animals recover from both their medical and
What Types of Pets Need to be Fostered?
foster home is the perfect short term home
for pets like the following, who will
heal faster and be far happier in your home:
Pregnant cats and dogs that needs a safe,
quiet and loving environment to give birth
and raise their litters.
A newly born, abandoned puppy or kitten that
needs frequent feedings, special attention
and the TLC that only a foster parent can
A dog with a broken leg who has been rescued
and treated by our medical staff but now
needs a calm place to recuperate until he
is ready for adoption.
Stray cats or dogs rescued from abusive or
neglectful situations that need the special
TLC and patience that only a foster parent
can provide to help them heal and begin to
trust people again.
Who is Eligible
to Become a Foster Parent?
Foster parenting is
an opportunity to make a difference in an
animal's life. We are looking for caring,
compassionate individuals who are willing
to donate a few days or a few weeks to help
an animal in need.
Below are the basic
requirements of being a Foster Parent:
be 18 years of age or older
allowed to have animals in your home
the time to properly care for and monitor
your foster pet(s)
able to provide a safe and comfortable
INDOOR environment for your foster
pet(s) until they are ready for adoption
What's the Time Commitment
for Foster Parents?
you have signed up to be a Foster Parent
and gone through
the training, you’ll start to receive
emails or calls notifying you of animals
that need foster care. These “Foster
Flashes” will advise you of the animal(s),
special needs and length of time involved.
Sometimes it’s a week or less for a
kitten or puppy just shy of adoption age.
Sometimes it’s 2-3 weeks for a dog
coming from another shelter. And sometimes
it’s two months or more for a pregnant
cat or dog until she has her babies and they’re
old enough for adoption.
You simply agree to
take on the foster assignments that you can
manage at the time. You are
under no commitment to foster a certain number
of animals each year, or for a certain period
of time. Whether you provide foster care
for one kitten for one week once a year,
or foster a pregnant dog and her puppies
every three months, you are saving lives
and making a difference!
How do I Become a Foster
provides all the training you will need to
become a Foster Care Parent.
Contact our Foster Coordinator to receive an application and schedule an orientation.
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will follow up on your references and
contact you to set up your Foster Care
first Foster Care Pet and share your
home and your heart!