THE JOYS OF FOSTERING A HOMELESS PET
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There is a true satisfaction in fostering a companion animal.  The pet gets to be in a real home, the space made available at the sanctuary becomes available to save the life of yet another pet.  The pet will remain HALT's responsibility if it needs medical care; it can be returned to HALT at any time if it becomes necessary; you will have the first opportunity to adopt the pet if you fall in love....  How can you miss?  

Please check our "Adoptable Pets" pages to find one, or more, that you'd like to see.  Then call HALT, 692-8940, or e-mail HALT to learn more.


With our thanks, this article is reprinted with the permission of American Profile Magazine:


FOSTERING  FLUFFY& FIDO

When Susan Turner first met Peanut, the tiny gray and white kitten had been abandoned in a cardboard box at the Franklin County (Fla.) Humane Society shelter.  Turner brought the kitten home and for the next few weeks fed it with an eyedropper every three hours.  Three months later she put the kitten on a plane bound for Peanut's new family in Pasco, Wash. (pop.32,066).

Turner, who lives in Eastpoint, Fla. (pop. 2,158) has fostered nearly 40 dogs and cats during the last 15 years.  Some stay for just one night, others for weeks or months.

"You're not just bettering the life of an animal.  You're creating a more adoptable animal," she says.  "That's the incredible reward."

Foster homes free up space in animal shelters overwhelmed by thousands of unwanted, abandoned and lost pets.  In a foster home, pets learn basics such as how to walk on a leash, or how to use a litter box.

Small-town shelters don't have the manpower to provide such training, Turner explains.  With a foster family, "You're in a normal household environment so pets can be exposed to other people and other situations."

Some shelters, like Happy Tales Humane in Franklin, Tenn. (pop. 41,842), rely exclusively on foster homes.  The shelter turns a lot of dogs away because it doesn't  have enough people to foster them, says Mary Mader, who helps run the shelter's dog adoption program.  The people who provide temporary care to Happy Tales' animals bring their charges in each Saturday for adoption day; animals that don't find permanent homes return to their foster homes for another week.

If you want to foster a pet, log on to the Internet and search for the word rescue and the kind of animal you want to temporarily adopt.  Local animal shelters also can provide information on foster opportunities.

No special skills are required, Mader says, just love "and a tolerant spouse."  Letting charges go can sometimes be hard, she admits, but usually, "you feel good.  You've saved a life."
FOSTER CARE APPLICATION
Your Name
Home Address
City, State, and Zip
Email Address
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Work Phone
Occupation:
   
Are all members of your household aware you are interested in fostering a pet?
Does your entire family agree to foster?
Who will be responsible for caring for this pet?
(Feeding, Housebreaking, Training, etc.)
How many people reside in your household?
Does anyone in your household have allergies to pets?
If Yes, how will you manage that?
   
What type of home do you live in?

If other, please explain:

Do you RENT or OWN your home?
If you Rent, are pets allowed?
(We will need a copy of your rental agreement from the landlord)


Name: 

Phone:

Do you have a fenced in yard?
What type of fence do you have?

If other, please explain:

How tall is your fence at it's lowest point?
Where and how will you exercise your pet?
Where will the pet stay during the day?
Where will the pet stay during the night?
How many hours per day will you spend with your pet?
How many hours per day will the pet be left alone?
How will you housebreak the dog?
New pets need to adjust.  Are you willing to be patient while your new pet "settles" in?
How will you handle any potty accidents or mischievous behavior?
   
Do you have any pets at this time?
If yes, please provide the following information:  
Current Pet #1  
Pet's Name
Type (Dog, Cat, Bird, etc.)
Breed
Gender
Age
Spayed or Neutered
Declawed (if cat)
Current on Vaccinations?
   
Current Pet #2  
Pet's Name
Type (Dog, Cat, Bird, etc.)
Breed
Gender
Age
Spayed or Neutered
Declawed (if cat)
Current on Vaccinations?
   
Current Pet #3  
Pet's Name
Type (Dog, Cat, Bird, etc.)
Breed
Gender
Age
Spayed or Neutered
Declawed (if cat)
Current on Vaccinations?
   
Current Pet #4  
Pet's Name
Type (Dog, Cat, Bird, etc.)
Breed
Gender
Age
Spayed or Neutered
Declawed (if cat)
Current on Vaccinations?
   
   
Have you owned pets before?
What happened to the pets that are no longer with you?
   
Please provide us with 3 personal references  
Reference #1:  Name
Reference #1:  Address
Reference #1:  Phone Number
   
Reference #2:  Name
Reference #2:  Address
Reference #2:  Phone Number
   
Reference #3:  Name
Reference #3:  Address
Reference #3:  Phone Number
   
Would you object to an inspection of your home by one of our volunteers?
   
Do you have any further comments or information?
If you have more than 4 pets currently, please use the Comments box at the bottom of this application to provide details of any other pets.
   

Please check if you agree to the following statement:

   By electronic submission of this form, I certify that the information provided on this form is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.  Falsification will be grounds for termination of foster care.  I hereby grant permission to HALT to contact the above listed references, and other individuals they deem appropriate, for information regarding aspect of this application procedure.  We further release and discharge the above listed references from any liability resulting from the release of such information as aforesaid.

 

 

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