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Our foster families saved the lives of more than 1,000 dogs and cats last year!
You see, we don’t have a kennel and rely solely on foster homes to give the temporary care and shelter our rescued pets need until they are adopted.
We can only rescue as many animals as we have homes for.Sadly, too often we must turn away a homeless animal because we simply don’t have anyone to provide short-term care for it. We are always in need of new foster homes.
Please help us save more pets by volunteering tokeep a homeless pet in your home temporarily until they go to a forever home. Won’t you please become a foster parent today? The life of a homeless animal depends on it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a pet foster parent?
A. A pet foster is someone who is willing to provide a short-term home to cats, dogs, puppies, or kittens during the week and to bring their foster pet to reTails’ adoption center/store for the weekend so its forever family can come find it.
Q. Why are pet foster parents needed?
A. reTails does not have a kennel and we know animals benefit from being in a home setting while waiting to be adopted. Sometimes the pet needs extra love, attention, or training that a foster family can provide in a home environment. Foster families are usually the first to find out about the pet’s personality. You may even teach your foster pet basic house manners, making them more appealing to potential adopters.
Q. Who should foster?
A. Someone who:
Q. How long will I need to care for my foster pet?
A. There’s no set time because each animal is unique. Some animals are adopted very quickly while others remain with their foster for many weeks, sometimes longer. It’s best for a pet to stay with the same foster until they are adopted but if something unexpected comes up, give us as much advance notice as you can and we will work to find someone else to care for the animal.
Q. What do I need to provide for my foster pet?
A. Our fosters are asked to provide indoor care for their pet and for its basic requirements, including plenty of love, adequate food and water, litter/puppy pads, toys, and bedding. Our animals are indoor pets. While they may certainly spend time outdoors, we ask that your foster pet not be left outdoors for long periods of the day. All of the animal's medical needs are taken care of by reTails. Administering medication may also be required. In addition to providing the basics, foster homes may be asked to transport foster animals to veterinary appointments and adoption events.
Q. What kind of support will I get if I need help or have a question?
A. Someone is always available. Just call our support number and someone will call you back.
Q. I already have a pet. Can I still foster?
A. Yes! We recommend that before bringing a foster animal home, you consult with your veterinarian to make sure your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. Some foster families delegate a spare room for their foster pet so that their own pet isn't stressed by repeated new animals in their territory. This is common for cat fosters. Some foster families own pets that enjoy the company of the foster pets and give the foster free run of the house. If your pet has a history of aggression with other animals, you may want to reconsider fostering and look at our other volunteer opportunities.
Q. How can I become a pet foster?
A. Complete our Foster Application. (below) Someone from reTails will be in touch with you to answer any questions and explain how reTails works with our fosters.
Q. Are there any animals you especially need fosters for?
A. We particularly need fosters for large dogs and high energy dogs. Also, from April to October, “kitten season” when many kittens are born, we are flooded with kittens and moms who need short-term care.
Q. What if I fall in love with my foster animal?
A. You always have the option of adopting your foster pet, joining the ranks of many “foster failures.” But here's a tip from a seasoned foster: "I never think of a foster pet as 'mine.' Each animal already belongs to someone else -- it just so happens that I haven't met that person yet. The easiest way to keep from getting too attached is to remember there is another homeless pet desperately needing my help after this one goes home."
Q: I still have questions about fostering. Who should I contact?
A: Just ask!