Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own Omaha/Council Bluffs area homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for a longer term.
Our greatest foster needs are:
- Adult Dogs
- Momma cats with litters
- Orphaned kitten and puppies
Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and SOLAS will custom-match the animals to each foster home. By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in the Midlands Humane Society shelter. SOLAS is always looking for more foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons.Most common reasons animals require foster care:
- Kittens and puppies who are too young to be spayed or neutered and adopted out into permanent homes. When the animals are eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds, they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.
- Cats or dogs who are nursing a litter of kittens or puppies. Although the shelter is a safe environment, it is not the best for raising babies.
- Cats or dogs who are being treated for injuries or illnesses.
- To prevent euthanization due to the Council Bluffs Animal Shelter being over capacity.
SOLAS provides: all veterinary care and medicine for foster animals, pet supplies, such as cat litter and food, plus plenty of support to foster parent volunteers.
Foster parent volunteers provide: time and a place in their home and lots of love.How foster care works
- When SOLAS receives animals who are not ready to be put up for adoption, we contact foster parent volunteers. If a foster volunteer is not available to foster at that time, we simply try another person. There will be plenty of other opportunities to foster, so there is no pressure to take an animal.
- We also work directly with the Council Bluffs Animal Shelter to try and place animals into foster homes before they are put down.
- Foster parents with our volunteers to arrange a pick up or drop off of the foster animal to take home. At that time, volunteers receive information about the animal’s condition and needs.
- Foster parents may need to bring the animal to a vet periodically to be examined, receive vaccinations, get spayed/neutered, or other treatment.
- There will be opportunities for the foster parent to bring their fosters to Petco (72nd and Dodge) or PetSmart (Council Bluffs) to try to get them adopted.
Want to know more about volunteering to foster an animal? Check out these frequently asked questions.Get started
If you are interested in volunteering with SOLAS, please follow these steps:
- Be of age. The primary caregiver of the foster animal must be at least 18 years old. However, young people can help at home.
- Check out the requirements document below. These are very simple requirements that we look for in foster families.
- Attend foster meeting. You will learn about program expectations, basic medical information, and have all your questions answered. Check out the event page for future meetings.
- Start saving lives. SOLAS will match you with the foster animals that suit your lifestyle.
- Animal Care / Handling
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training