Foster an Animal Victim of Domestic Violence
Ahimsa House, Inc.
A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
63 people are interested
Ahimsa House's foster homes for the animal victims of domestic violence are a vital part of our core program, the Emergency Animal Safehouse Services program. We seek to house pets in foster homes wherever possible (as opposed to boarding facilities) to give them the most comforting and home-like atmosphere possible.
If you love and care about animals and want to help them enjoy the lives they deserve, please become an Ahimsa House foster care provider today! We need foster homes for dogs, cats, and occasionally other animals like hamsters, rabbits, and birds...we have even had an iguana and a horse! You'll be taking in the pets of domestic violence victims until they get "back on their feet" in a safe, non-abusive environment--usually 30 to 60 days (but sometimes longer or shorter; we handle each situation on a case-by-case basis according to the needs of both the foster volunteer and the pet). There are no out-of-pocket costs to providing foster care, and you don't have to be an "expert" about animals. We provide food, medication and veterinary care. As a foster-care provider, you're asked to give love, care and time in a safe and nurturing environment. Each case is different. But in ALL cases, you're giving a pet the second chance he or she deserves.
**Please visit the following link to read more about this opportunity and to fill out an application: http://ahimsahouse.org/fosterhomevolunteers/
About Ahimsa House, Inc.
PO Box 2173, Tucker, GA 30085, US
Ahimsa House Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that provides temporary shelter and aid to animals caught in the cycle of domestic violence.
Originally, Ahimsa House maintained a central shelter for animals at a secret location in metro Atlanta. In Fall 2006, we recognized the need to change our program model in an effort to operate more cost-effectively and to better serve victims statewide (see How We Help, below). In March 2007, Ahimsa House launched our redesigned direct services program, which houses animals via a network of foster homes and boarding facilities across the state.
To date (September 2014), Ahimsa House has provided over 40,000 nights of safe, confidential shelter for pets in need. In 2013, we took in 32% more animals than in 2012, and requests for our services went up by 26%. Over the past three years, calls to our 24-hour crisis line have more than tripled.
It costs us approximately $240 to care for one pet, though most cases involve more than one pet. Often, our cost is much higher when victims have multiple animals, when we receive exotic or unusual species such as horses, and/or when animals require extensive veterinary treatment due to injury or neglect. We have only four staff members; everyone else is a volunteer.
Ahimsa House relies heavily on individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorships. We are run almost entirely on volunteer labor and receive many in-kind donations of goods and services, making us highly cost-effective.