CALLING ALL FOSTER PARENTS!
Every year in the Spring and Summer months, thousands of unwanted kittens are born, many of them ending up at our shelter.
In order to save their lives, we need your help.
Please consider becoming a Foster Parent today!
Being a Foster Parent really does save lives! Opening your home to an animal that needs a little extra love is one of the most loving and kind things you can do, and you receive the wonderful feeling of knowing that you are saving the life of an animal in need.
What do Foster Parents Do?
Foster Parents provide temporary care in their homes for medically needy animals until they are ready to be adopted. The most common reasons for animals to be placed in foster care are:
- Animals that are too young – may need to be bottle fed or given a few weeks growth time to reach an adoptable age/size.
- Nursing mothers who need a quiet place to raise their babies, or a place to stay while their milk dries up AFTER feeding their babies.
- Dogs undergoing heartworm treatment – a 6 – 8 week commitment, sometimes longer.
- Animals with minor illnesses – Most common are Upper Respiratory Infection or Kennel Cough. These can be a 10 – 14 day commitment at the minimum.
- Rescued animals that have sustained injuries and need a place to recuperate.
How Can I Qualify to be a Foster Parent?
- You must be 18 years or older.
- You must have the time and ability to care for foster animals in a stress free, indoor environment, preferably away from other animals.
- You must be extremely conscientious about monitoring the medical condition, energy level, weight and behavior of the animal(s) in your care. If the animal requires medical attention you must be able to bring the animal in to the shelter for an evaluation.
- Be willing to ask questions or call with any concerns.
- Complete a foster application which is approved by the Foster Home Coordinator.
- Attend a Foster Home Orientation and Medical Training.
- Abide by CAP’s policies and procedures pertaining to the animals chosen for Foster Care.
- Be emotionally able to return the animals that are placed in your care when they are ready to be placed for adoption.
In order to become a Foster Parent, you must attend a Foster Orientation and submit a Foster Parent Application for approval. You may either attend the orientation OR apply first, but both must be completed before attending a training session. Foster Orientations are typically held every other Sunday, please check the online calendar for dates and be sure to register! Once your application is approved and you have attended a foster orientation, you will need to attend a Foster Medical Training course to learn proper medication procedures and animal health information. Medical Training dates will be provided upon application approval and attendance of a foster orientation.
Apply today with our online foster application and get ready to join our wonderful foster program!!
Fostering for CAP
- CAP covers the majority of medical expenses (including xrays, some bloodwork, dental cleanings, routine care such as spay/neuter, vaccinations etc) and at times can help with supplies such as food, litterboxes and other supplies if our shelter stock is full
- You are not required to keep the pet in your home until they are adopted, only until they are healthy and adoptable.
- There are anywhere from 2-5 staff members assigned daily to assist with the foster program, we're here for you!
- The CAP Foster Program helped over 1000 needy pets in 2017 and with YOUR help we can save more!
Fostering Myth vs Fact
Myth: My place is too small, I don't have the room to foster
Fact: Fostering doesn't actually take up that much space. Foster cats and kittens can be set up in a spare bathroom, bedroom or laundry room, and can be kept in a large kennel while you are away for safety. We usually recommend dogs be kenneled while you are away also.
Myth: I can't foster because I have other pets
Fact: It is highly recommended (and required in some cases) that foster pets be isolated and kept separate, so your own pets will be away from them for the most part. We recommend isolating new foster pets for 1-2 weeks so they will have time to get healthy and to ensure they are not carrying illnesses that were not apparent when they were surrendered to the shelter.
Myth: I'm worried I will get too attached to my foster and won't be able to bring them back for adoption
Fact: Obviously your foster pet is the cutest animal in the world and deserves the best home possible. It will be hard to say goodbye, but know that pet will live a long and happy life because you fostered them in their time of need. Also, saying goodbye means you are making room for new foster pets!
Myth: I have a 9-5 job and don't have time to foster
Fact: Fostering some pets surprisingly requires little time during your busy day. Give them attention in the morning before work and spend quality time with them in the evening to make sure they are adjusting and doing well. Many pets are on daily medications which can also be given before and after work. Keep foster pets kenneled when you are away to keep them from getting into trouble.
Myth: I can't take on the financial responsibilty, I just don't have the money
Fact: CAP covers all basic medical care including spay/neuter, all vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, veterinary evaluations, x-rays, surgeries and bloodwork. If able, we can help provide food and supplies, but ask that you help with that as much as possible so we can provide our pets onsite with adequate supplies. CAP relies on donations for food and most supplies for ALL of our pets, any help you can privde is greatly appreciated.
Myth: I have children so I can't foster
Fact: You can certainly foster if you have children! With supervision, children have the opportunity to learn how to care for pets, play with them and socialize them. Just be sure that your children wash their hands before and after handling the foster pet. Also, keep in mind that if your child has a weakened immune system or is easily susceptible to communicable diseases, you may want to take extra precautions when they are interacting with your foster pets. Be responsible and only take foster pets that are friendly with children and never leave them unattended with each other.
"We fostered two underweight kittens. When we brought them back, the more outgoing one was adopted quickly, but the timid one got a URI, so we brought her home again. That time, she blossomed and became much more friendly, curious, and outgoing. When she was healthy and we brought her to CAP again, she was adopted quickly. They don't all rehabilitate at the same rate, and it was great to finally see her blossom."
"There is nothing more rewarding than nursing a dog through a health crisis and see that dog go to a loving home."
"… they kept growing and eventually discovered they could escape the tub. And once one puppy does it, they all do it. So I am taking out the stinky trash and I can hear the typical yips and woofs, but suddenly I hear the sound of 5 puppies feet stampeding down the hallway and into the living room. It was chaos, yet everyone was smiling. Luckily, I had a lobster dog toy to entice them back.
Corralling 5 puppies is not for the faint of heart."
Have a Pet to Surrender?
The CAP Foster Program does not admit animals directly from the public. All animals placed into the Foster Program must first be surrendered to the shelter, evaluated by shelter staff, and recommended for foster care by shelter management. Please do not contact the Foster Home Coordinators with surrender / intake inquiries. If you have found a needy animal please read further on how to surrender a pet to CAP on the Weekend Sponsor (intake) page.