It’s Rewarding to Foster with Operation Kindness
Operation Kindness helps save and place into forever homes more than 4,500 homeless dogs and cats each year. This is made possible, in part, by wonderful foster volunteers who are willing to provide a safe place for animals to stay who are either too young for adoption, still nursing their young, or are in need of a break from the shelter.
We have several foster programs assisting both dogs and cats who range in age from newborn to adult, which program is right for you?
Puppy and Kitten Foster: Saving lives is the best reward
· Operation Kindness provides all needed supplies including food, crate, toys and medical care from our onsite hospital
· New Fosters are personally trained, and have around the clock support and guidance of shelter staff, and experienced volunteers
Adoption Ambassadors: Be your foster’s wingman and help get them adopted
- Foster an adult dog, prospect and vet their potential adopters, complete the adoption
- Work in a team of passionate fosters and provide mutual support
- Individual training provided by Operation Kindness staff and experienced volunteers
- Operation Kindness provides the resources you need including adopt-me vest, food, medical care as needed and adoption materials
Medical Foster: Help an animal on their road to recovery
- Provide care for animals recovering from medical treatment or surgery
- All medical treatments take place in our onsite medical hospital or in partnership with another veterinary resource
- All supplies are provided by Operation Kindness
Surrender Prevention: The best rescue is one that doesn’t have to happen
• Provide a place for an owned pet to stay while their owner is working through a life circumstance like medical treatment or divorce
• Owners and pets are screened by Operation Kindness staff
• Owners provide all needed supplies, with support provided by Operation Kindness
How do I Become a Foster?
Simply complete and submit a foster application. You will be contacted by an Operation Kindness staff member to get started. New fosters must attend a training webinar within their first month of fostering. Foster must be at least 21 years of age, and allowed to have animals in their home.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long do animals need to stay in foster care? The typical foster stay is two weeks to two months, depending on the needs of the individual animal(s) in your care. The time frame of each foster situation will be discussed with you ahead of time.
- What kind of animals need foster care? Puppies and kittens, mothers with nursing litters, dogs or cats who need a break from the shelter, injured animals recovering from surgery, and owned animals that need a temporary place to stay.
- Can I become a foster volunteer if I have pets of my own? Yes, we welcome pet owners as fosters. With some fosters, specifically puppies, kittens and nursing mothers we recommend keeping shelter animals separate from your pets. This helps prevent stress and the spread of illness. The risk of spreading illness is greatly reduced if animals are current on their annual vaccines.
- What expenses are involved in foster care? Foster families provide housing and a safe place to stay. They also provide exercise, socialization, and lots of love! Operation Kindness is able to provide all over supplies such as food, crate and toys. All medical care for foster animals is provided by Operation Kindness.
- How do I care for a bottle-baby kitten? Training for bottle babies, both kittens and puppies is done on a one-on-one basis with shelter staff. All fosters are sent home with a handbook and are encouraged to contact Operation Kindness staff any time for support.