Foster Care Program for the animals of Colorado Animal Rescue
What is fostering? Is it right for you?
C.A.R.E.’s Foster Program allows our animals that are too young for adoption, are recovering from surgery or illness, or are in need of other special care, to stay in private homes until they are able to be placed into adoptions.
Volunteer foster homes provide a safe place for C.A.R.E.’s foster animals to stay, have nutritious food, socialization and health care. In addition to infant dogs and cats, foster homes are occasionally needed for our adult animals recovering from illness or surgery, animals that need socialization and/or training.
Before taking on the responsibility and commitment of becoming a foster care volunteer, please take the following into consideration:
How flexible are you?
Although the bulk of foster homes are needed during the spring and summer months, animals requiring foster care are received throughout the year in unpredictable numbers. Those animals deemed appropriate for fostering must be placed into foster care as quickly as possible to help prevent their exposure to illness or unnecessary stress in the shelter.
Do you have the time?
The time commitment for foster care may range from one to four weeks per litter or individual animal, depending on the needs of the animal(s). Foster homes are utilized on a rotation basis to allow each caregiver time to rest between foster sessions. In addition to time spent caring for and socializing your foster animals in your home, you must consider the possibility of additional time for vet checks and/or emergency care, record keeping, and return of your fosters to the shelter during business hours.
Can you afford the energy and emotional stress?
Caring for puppies, kittens, and animals requiring medical attention and socialization can be fun, but it may also require a lot of work. Please keep in mind that you will also develop an emotional attachment to your fosters, and must face the reality that, in spite of your best efforts, not all foster animals will thrive. We cannot guarantee that each and every animal will find a permanent home. We do everything in our power to treat illness or other health problems that may befall foster animals, but you must be prepared that some illnesses, health problems, or injuries may not be treatable because they are life-threatening, cost prohibitive, or not in the best interest of the animal in the long run. The possibility of death or euthanasia of one or more of your fosters, though remote, is a reality that must be considered.
Do you have adequate facilities to house foster animals?
Please be honest and realistic in this area. It is better to provide excellent care for a smaller number of animals at the risk of their ultimate adoptability. We ask that you only take on the number of animals that you can house comfortably, keep adequately clean and fed, and provide adequate socialization. If you only have time and space to provide proper care for three puppies, for instance, don’t take on a litter of ten. Always keep the needs of your own personal pets in mind whenever you consider fostering.
The Foster Care Provider:
*must meet the qualifications of an adopter, including agreeing to landlord checks and complying with landlord restrictions.
*must agree that all family members will be in agreement about opening the home to fostering, and will follow the guidelines for animal care given by C.A.R.E.
*must agree that no other animal from another organization will be fostered while fostering for C.A.R.E.
*must agree to a home inspection per the Department of Agriculture.
*must complete and sign a Foster Care Agreement before acceptance as a foster caregiver.
*must agree that any cat(s) or kittens fostered will be kept indoors at all times.
*must agree to attend any foster care trainings or meetings.
*must agree to keep all household pets fully vaccinated to avoid their contracting disease from fostered animals.
*must agree that C.A.R.E. will not be responsible for veterinary care of household pets or medical care of humans contracting diseases from foster animals.
*must agree to provide a nutritious diet to the foster(s), following the recommendations of C.A.R.E.
*must agree to contact C.A.R.E. at the point of any medical difficulty with any foster animal.
*must agree that all decisions made by the medical staff and/or shelter management are final.
*must agree to immediately report any bites and/or aggressive incidents with a foster animal to C.A.R.E.
*must agree that all foster animals are the property of C.A.R.E., and must be relinquished to the shelter at point of availability for adoption.
If you are interested in becoming a foster care provider please contact us at (970) 947-9173 for more information.