PET FOSTERING – Frequently Asked Questions
I am new to pet fostering, what are some things I should consider?
Will you have enough time to spend with the foster pet?
Do you have pets of your own? If so, have they been around other animals? Will the foster pet and your pet get along? If there is any uncertainty about this, the potential foster pet should be introduced to your pet prior to making the commitment to foster.
If you are fostering a dog, do you have a secure, fenced yard or will you be walking the dog on a leash? Are you prepared to walk the dog several times a day?
Will you be emotionally able to return the pet to the family after the foster period is over? It’s easy to become very attached to the foster pets.
What are the qualifications or expectations to be a pet foster?
A pet foster will need to provide a safe, loving and stable environment for the foster pet until the family is ready to exit the program.
A pet foster will need to feed, groom, socialize, and sometimes medicate the foster pet during its stay in your home.
Experience with animal behavior is a plus, but not required.
A pet foster will need to provide transportation for the foster pet to and from any of the following:
Meetings with the family at the day center or another public location
Trips to the veterinarian office or clinic for necessary services
A pet foster will need to communicate directly with the Pet Foster Coordinators regarding any problems, questions or concerns.
A pet foster will need to be flexible.
A pet fosters should care for the foster pet as if they were their own. Foster pets should receive fresh food and water daily and be housed in a climate-controlled area that is comfortable and as stress-free as possible.
A pet foster will need to be aware that, even pets that are house trained may regress as a result of the stress of being in a new environment.
A home visit may be required prior to being approved as a pet foster.
How long will I need to foster a pet?
The average stay for a family going through the Family Promise program is 60 – 90 days.
Who pays for food?
Food will be provided by donations from community partners and individuals.
Who pays for vet care?
Family Promise has an account with Northrock Hospital for Animals. They have agreed to provide basic veterinary services for pets in the Family Promise pet fostering program free of charge.
Will the foster pets be spayed or neutered?
If the pet is not already spayed or neutered, we can explain the benefits to the family and recommend that it be done. If they agree, we will refer the family to the KS Spay Neuter Clinic or the KS Humane Society to make an appointment for their pet.
What about other pet supplies?
Pet supplies will be provided by donations from community partners and individuals. Donations will be distributed to pet fosters as they are available.
What if I have to stop fostering unexpectedly?
Contact one of the Foster Coordinators immediately. Alternative foster care will be arranged for the pet.
Do I need to keep my pets separate from the foster pets?
Not necessarily. It will depend on the needs & personality of each pet. A Foster Coordinator will go through an introduction process to be sure all pets will get along. If your pet(s) and the foster pet do not get along, an alternate foster home will be arranged.
Will the pet’s family be coming to my home for visits?
No, the pet’s family will contact the Director to request a pet visit. The visit will be arranged in a public place like the Day Center or a park, but not at your home.
What do I do if the animal gets sick while fostered by me?
Inform one of the Foster Coordinators immediately and make an appointment for the pet to be seen at Northrock Hospital for Animals. Be sure to mention the pets name and that they are under the Family Promise pet fostering program. If it’s after hours, contact one of the Foster Coordinators to determine appropriate action.
What happens if the family cannot take their pet with them to their newly secured housing? If the family’s new home is not pet friendly, it will be the family’s responsibility to relinquish their pet to a pet shelter or rescue.