Foster a Pet

What is a Foster Home?

several dogs in a doghouseA foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, care and love. The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them. Medical expenses and if needed, food and litter are provided for our foster families.

Why Foster?

The only way we can save these animals is with the help of foster homes. Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption. Older pets who are injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.

In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of having been abandoned at a shelter.

Being a pet foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an injury, or the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home. Occasionally, it’s the joy of giving extra TLC to kittens and puppies too young to be adopted.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?

Fosters will keep animals an average of 4-6 weeks unless it is medically indicated otherwise. Some pets need more time because of age, or injury. You will be told up-front before you agree to foster the pet how long of a commitment we believe it will be. We typically will hold events on weekends at which time we will pick up the animal and take them to adoption events. You are more than welcome to come and help us find an appropriate forever home for your foster pet. If not we will transport the animals to and from all events.

Responsibilities of a Foster Family?

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  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
  • Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter. (Food, litter and toys can be provided upon request)
  • Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
  • Most importantly providing lots of TLC!
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Visit the FORMS page of Animal Rescue of South Florida to receive the appropriate foster forms.

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