Provide a temporary home for an abandoned animal until it is adopted-this is a committment to save a life!
- You must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation so that you can transport your foster animal to vet trips and adoption events.
- If you are living with a roommate or are renting One by One must have your landlord and/or roommate’s written agreement for your participation in fostering an animal.
- You must be at least 25 years of age.
- Must agree to a home visit.
- Must either foster the pet inside their home or have an outdoor facility that provides protection from the elements (extreme heat or cold)
- Must be able to transport the foster animal to and from adoption events and vet appointments.
- Must be able to foster your pet through to adoption.
- We have a very limited amount of foster homes that stay constantly at capacity so if you can’t continue to foster your pet this creates an extreme hardship on the remaining foster homes. Most likely your pet will have to be boarded which increases costs for the rescue group.
- In the event due to unforeseen circumstances, you can no longer foster your animal and it has to be boarded, you must be able to provide transport for the animal from boarding to adoption events and back to boarding.
- By no means should this be taken to mean that if a foster animal behaves aggressively that you should continue to foster the animal.
- You must have knowledge of animal behavior and be willing to accept mistakes.
- For example, even a fully house trained animal will often have an accident when placed in a foster home-new environment can create confusion on "where to go".
- Even the best behaved animals will at times behave badly. Animals are beings that feel stress, have anxiety, and have emotions just like people. They might chew on a shoe, so be prepared for this and pick up your valuables.
- You need to understand the difference between a normal "tiff" between animals and true aggressiveness. Again, not all animals will like each other.
- You need to understand the difference between "mouthing" and biting.
- You must be patient and tolerant. One mistake should not cost an animal its foster home. Put yourself in their shoes. They ended up abandoned by their family, arrived at the shelter, and then were placed in your home. This is very confusing and stressful. Often fosters just need some time to feel safe again.
- Do not expect your foster animal to behave like your own personal animals. Each animal is an individual and it takes time for them to learn the rules. Think back, were your own animals perfectly behaved when you first got them? Probably not, you had to teach them how to behave. It is no different with a foster animal.
- This is a commitment and an investment of your time to help save a life. If it was easy, then everyone would do it. Although it is a short time frame commitment, it is still a commitment and requires serious consideration before embarking on this venture.
- Animal Care / Handling
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Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 21
- Typically 3 months or less, but it could be longer
- Must be willing to foster the animal until adopted