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The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network (BAFN) is a non-profit corporation committed to the following community services: Our family and individual foster home system provides safe haven for abandoned, abused, or unwanted companion animals. Additionally, as New Hope Partners with the Animal Care and Control Center of NYC, we remove between 50-60 animals a month from the euthanasia list and place them in the homes-based network. All animals in our care are spayed or neutered and receive all life saving or necessary medical attention. When these foster animals are emotionally and physically healed, we search for the correct human companion for each, ensuring a loving, permanent home. We educate the public on the correct and moral way to care for their animals, including the importance of spaying and neutering pets to help stop the flow of abandoned and unwanted animals in our community. Our referral service helps owners find new homes for their pets or helps reunite them with lost pets. We exchange information and work with other humane organizations to help locate lost pets and rescue abandoned and abused animals. Our organization strongly believes that all animals deserve respect and should be treated with dignity in all circumstances. The ultimate goal of this organization is to have all people share this philosophy, creating a healthier and kinder community for humans and animals alike. Our 501c is pending.
What is the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network? Our pet foster parents provide temporary, in-home care for friendly kittens, puppies, dogs, cats, rabbits, or other animals in need until they can be placed for adoption. Pet foster parents can also care temporarily for animals who belong to people who must leave their homes immediately for some reason or other. Who fosters? • Someone who cannot, at the moment, adopt a pet for its entire lifetime. • Someone who is not sure how its pet would get along with a new cat or dog • Someone who never had the chance to have a pet but would really like to have one now. • Someone who loves pets and has some room to welcome them while they wait for an adoptive home. Why are pet foster parents needed? In NYC, animal shelters euthanize thousands of healthy and friendly animals each year to make space for the new ones coming in due to limited holding space. Local animal rescue groups have to turn away dozens of adoptable animals each week because they lack foster parents. Not only do foster parents maximize the number of animals rescued, they also help to care for animals that would be difficult to care for in a shelter or kennel environment: puppies and kittens with immune systems not strong enough to fight germs, orphaned or feral kittens, animals recovering from major surgery, or dogs needing one-on-one behavior rehabilitation or a break from the shelter. And ALL animals in foster homes always find permanent adoptive homes. What does it entail? All the normal responsibilities of a caretaker of an animal companion. Foster caretakers are required to take the dog or cat into their own home and treat it like one of the family. The animal is normally fostered for as long as it takes to find it a home. This time can vary considerably. What does it do for the animal? The animal learns manners and socialization and is much less stressed than it would be in a shelter environment. Dogs that learn to bond and be confident in a consistent environment are able to do so again in a new home. By teaching them manners and basic obedience skills you assist them to become the sort of companion which most families want. Often they have come from a difficult situation and restoring their confidence and trust is an important step in developing an animal that is well mannered, tolerant, loving and responsive. How much does it cost? The cost of their food and the time it takes to care for them. BAFN covers veterinary expenses. The dog or cat is desexed, vaccinated and wormed prior to you taking it into your home. The animal comes with basic equipment such as a collar and ID tags. I already own a dog and a cat. Can I still foster? Before you bring a foster animal home, consult with your veterinarian to make sure your own pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. You may wish to ask your veterinarian if your pets need any additional vaccinations. Can I adopt the animal I foster? Yes. Foster parents who wish to adopt the animal they foster go through the same screening process as adoption applicants.
- Laurie Bleier
- 718 789-6864
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