Become a Foster Parent!
What's a foster home?
Foster parents provide temporary homes for animals prior to adoption. A foster home allows an animal to live in a home environment instead of a cage. Providing foster care is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving homeless pets.
Why do animals need foster care?
AWD does not have a physical shelter. We place animals into foster homes while they await permanent families. We believe a home is a better option than a cage and the animals under AWD care can receive the specialized care and attention they deserve while they await adoption. Providing foster care for a few days, weeks, or months can be a lifesaving gift for a disabled animal.
Would I be a good foster parent?
If you want to do something to help the animals, fostering can be a flexible, fun, and rewarding volunteer job. Here's why:
- It's more flexible than volunteer jobs that require you to show up at a specific time for a certain number of hours.
- It's a great way to enjoy a pet if you are not in a position to make that lifetime commitment right now. Fostering can be an excellent option for college students or military families.
- Would you like to add a cat or dog to yourhousehold, but you're not sure? Fostering can be a great way to find out!
Taking animals into your home, loving them, and then letting them go requires a special kind of person. Your role as a foster parent is to prepare the animal for adoption into a loving home.
How much time will it take?
The specific needs of the animal will determine how much time is involved. AWD wil discuss your availability and help determine what kind of animal you'll be best suited to foster.
What skills are needed?
It's best to have some knowledge about compainion animal behavior and health. AWD will provide training for you based on the individual animal's needs-- whether it's giving medication, grooming, or just providing extra love and attention.
What about food and medical care?
AWD provides for all medical care and expenses prior to adoption. If possible, foster homes are ased to provide basic items such as food and litter as a donation to AWD. If this is a financial burden, AWD can provide these items.
What about having to say goodbye?
Giving up an animal you've fostered, even to a wonderful new home, can be difficult emotionally. Some people like to be there when the pet goes home with the new familly. Seeing your foster animal ride off into the sunset will help you remember he has found a new home.
A lot of foster families get photos and updates of old charges enjoying their new homes. Knowing you were part of saving a life and helping the animal find a loving home is tremendously rewarding.
Sometimes a foster home turns into a permanent home. That's why rescue, shelter, and humane organizations are always on the lookout for new foster homes!
How do I give fostering a try?
The first step is to fill out our Foster Application. Contact us via Email or at 206.853.5064 with any questions.