Foster home requirements:
1) Must agree to a home visit.
2) Must either foster the pet inside their home or have an outdoor facility that provides protection from the elements (extreme heat or cold)
3) Must be able to foster your pet through to transport.
- 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.
- By no means should this be taken to mean that if a foster animal behaves aggressively that you should continue to foster the animal.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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.
One by One Will Provide:
1) Food arrangements can be made. Most foster homes will receive donated food. Please note that food purchased by a foster home for their foster pet is a tax deductible item.
2) A crate may be "borrowed", but will be needed each Saturday for our adoption events as we have a limited number of crates.
3) For litters of puppies, we will provide an exercise pen, a tarp, and newspaper.
4) We will provide all vet care.
5) We will provide treats and toys.
6) We will provide professional grade disinfectant if needed for cleaning up any accidents.
Note: Foster home expenses are tax deductible (keep your receipts), you do not receive compensation for volunteering, and the hours that you volunteer are not tax deductible.
Thank you for considering saving a life by fostering and animal. The lack of foster homes is the number one limiting factor that most rescue groups face. Even if you decide not to foster for "One by One", please consider fostering for another rescue group. It is a very rewarding, worthwhile, and greatly needed endeavor.