Fostering at Angel PAWS
You provide the love, we'll provide the rest!
Fostering an animal waiting for a permanent home can be a fun and rewarding experience. Angel PAWS will provide all the supplies needed for fostering: cages or crates, food, litter, toys. Angel PAWS also provides complete medical care through one of our veterinarians. Your foster pet will come to you completely vetted. All you need to provide is the love and care. You will be interviewed to determine your home situation and what type of foster pet would work out best for you. Fostering, in addition to providing an animal with much needed love and attention, allows us to evaluate the animal's temperament and habits. This knowledge helps us to make better decisions as to a permanent home.
Angel PAWS is currently concentrating on cats and are not placing dogs in foster homes. Please contact FOLAS if you are interested in fostering a dog ~ 732-388-6300.
Below are some frequently asked questions about fostering:
Actually, it could cost absolutely nothing! Angel PAWS can provide all the food and supplies that you need to foster your pet. We simply ask that you open your home and provide the love and attention your foster pet will need. However, since Angel PAWS is a non-profit organization run solely by private donation, anything you provide is an additional donation to the animals.
Of course you do! While we may have specific animals that we are trying to find foster care for, you make the final decision. An Angel PAWS representative will interview you to determine what your lifestyle and home situation is and help you choose the right foster pet for your home.
Every animal brought into Angel PAWS' care is examined by a veterinarian. Dogs are tested for heartworm and placed on heartworm preventative. Cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS. All animals receive complete vaccinations including rabies. If the animal has not yet been altered and is old enough, that will be arranged, too. If any additional medical attention is required for your foster pet, Angel PAWS will arrange a vet. visit. Angel PAWS practices and encourages foster homes to follow quarantine guidelines to ensure the health of a new foster pet.
Not a problem! As with our adopted animals, if a situation does not work out, we will gladly take our animal back and arrange for different foster care. And no need to worry about your foster pet if it doesn't work out. With the exception of extreme medical conditions, Angel PAWS does not euthanize our animals.
Never! For several reasons. Angel PAWS holds adoption days nearly every weekend at pet supply stores to show our animals. We also attend other events such as pet shows and street fairs to increase our visibility and, therefore, increase our adoptions. We actively maintain 2 websites at www.angelpaws.petfinder.org and www.angelpaws.org where pictures and descriptions of the animals are posted. We also request that you make your foster pet readily available for potential adopters to meet. That does not mean having people come to your home - we actually do not recommend that. We provide enough adoption events to enable adopters to meet our animals and hope that you can attend some of these events or provide transportation for the animal. Also, when your foster pet is adopted, we hope that it would have been such a rewarding experience that you would want to take on a new foster pet. This saves another animal's life - and that is what we are all about.
Probably! We all get attached to our foster animals. And fostering does involve some sacrifice. But that is also part of what makes fostering so special. There is sadness and usually some tears when your foster pet leaves but there is also an immense feeling of satisfaction that you have been a major part in saving an animal's life. Also, at Angel PAWS, since you know your foster pet better than anyone else, you have the final say as to whom your foster pet is adopted. It is especially rewarding to hear the new home call back and talk about the most wonderful pet in the entire world and know that it was your love and care that helped to make that pet such a special animal. At that point your job has been done and, somewhere, a new pet needs you.
That's okay, too! Several of us are "foster failures". It is not uncommon for foster parents to wind up with what we lovingly call "souvenirs". At that point, an adoption contract would be signed and "foster pet" will officially become "pet".
We hope this has answered some of your questions about fostering with Angel PAWS. If you have any additional questions, please contact us through email below or call us at 732-340-1199. We hope you will join us in helping to better the lives of homeless and abandoned animals.
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