Unable to volunteer at the shelter? Want animal companionship, but not ready to adopt? You can help shelter animals from the comfort of your own home!
Types of Fostering
- Bottle babies - We receive a lot of kittens (and very rarely puppies) who are too little to eat on their own and need to be bottle-fed. This is time consuming, but very rewarding work!
- Puppies/kittens - Puppies and kittens that are too young to be spayed/neutered go into foster care until they are old enough for surgery so they can get some basic training and socialization skills.
- Moms with babies - Mom nursing kittens or puppies need a quiet foster home to relax and raise their babies in. All the joy of bottle babies with a lot less work!
- Medical - Animals with colds, healing wounds, broken bones, recovering from surgery, etc. all need foster homes to recover in, away from the shelter.
- Socialization - Many animals are scared in the shelter environment. Slow, positive reinforcement in a foster home sets them up for success in their adoptive homes.
- Respite - Animals that have been at the shelter for a long time sometimes just need a short break from the stress and benefit greatly from time spent in foster care.
- Hospice - Sometimes geriatric dogs and cats come to MCAS whose quality of life is still relatively good, but are unlikely to live very much longer because of medical issues (renal failure, FeLV, etc). These animals are placed into special hospice foster homes and provided with medical care until their time comes.
Want to be a Foster Parent?
1. Fill out the appropriate foster volunteer application:
2. Attend a volunteer orientation.
Volunteer orientations are generally the 4th Tuesday of every month from 7-8pm here at the shelter (check our event calendar for dates). You don't need to sign up, just show up!
3. Email the foster coordinator.
Email the foster coordinator, Alix Womack, at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know when you have completed the above steps. If you want to foster cats, you can start right away. If you want to foster dogs, Alix will sign you up for dog handling training, which is every Saturday from 9:30 am - 12 pm.
4. (Dog fosters only)
Once you complete the dog handling training, be sure to email Alix again so she can add your name to the dog foster list.