Foster Care

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Our sanctuary, with over 100 animals, is no place for “special needs” pets, such as pregnant moms-to-be, moms with un-weaned litters, or animals confiscated as a result of abuse. Foster homes provide that special care.The Foster Care Program has saved the lives of hundreds of animals who had little hope of adoption.While we do the best we can with the dedicated staff and volunteers we have, the environment at the sanctuary cannot match a home with its individualized attention for socializing and caring for an animal with special needs. We thank you for your interest in participating in this important program and in helping to make a difference for the unwanted animals of Calhoun County!

What is a foster home?
A foster home is a safe and loving environment where an animal with special needs can live on a temporary basis until they become more adoptable. Animals who are older, injured, or nursing and sometimes those who have been at the HSSCM for a lengthy period of time may need this kind of special care. Also, animals who have been victims of cruelty may need a temporary safe haven while the cruelty investigation is being conducted.

What does the foster care program and foster homes do for the animals?

  • Foster care animals are often more adoptable because attention in a loving environment helps to socialize them.
  • Foster care animals are often more adoptable because attention in a loving environment helps to socialize them.
  • The foster care program helps alleviate overcrowding at the sanctuary, thus allowing us to protect more animals.
  • Foster care animals may be more adoptable because their improved health and happiness is always reflected in their appearance.
  • The foster caregiver can often provide better information to a prospective adopter, e.g., Is the pet housebroken?, Does (s)he like children? Other animals?, What are his/her fears?, etc. What are the steps to follow to become a Foster caregiver?
  1. The prospective foster parent calls, faxes, or comes to the HSSCM sanctuary to express interest and get any questions answered.
  2. An application is completed by the prospective foster parent. An application may be mailed to the home upon request or completed in person at the sanctuary.
  3. HSSCM visits the foster care home to determine its appropriateness.
  4. The application and interview are reviewed and verified by an HSSCM director and the application is approved, if appropriate.
  5. The foster parent signs the foster care agreement at the HSSCM sanctuary.
  6. Foster pet(s) is (are) placed at the home as needed. All necessary information about the pet as well as all HSSCM phone number contacts.
  7. HSSCM monitors the progress of the foster situation and keeps the foster parent informed of any scheduled pet adoption events or need for the animal(s) to be brought to the sanctuary.

What are the responsibilities of the foster care participant?

  1. The foster “parent” agrees to shelter and feed the animal in his/her home and to provide a safe and loving environment.
  2. If medical problems arise, the foster parent agrees to clear all veterinary visits with HSSCM before making them, to take the animal to a veterinarian specified by HSSCM (HSSCM has a list of veterinarians who agree to discount their charges for HSSCM animals.), and to administer medications and follow-up care as prescribed by the vet. HSSCM is financially responsible for veterinary care and any prescribed medications.
  3. If the fostered pet is considered adoptable, the foster parent makes every effort to transport the animal to and from any pet adoption events scheduled during the period of foster care. Foster parents are welcome, but not required, to stay at the event to talk with prospective adopters about the pet.
  4. Foster care parents are asked to provide any information they can about the pet for the animal’s file to facilitate the dissemination of accurate information to prospective adopters.
  5. If there is a need to return the foster pet to the sanctuary before the termination date of the foster care agreement, the foster parent is urged to notify HSSCM at least 48 hours in advance so that other arrangements may be made for the animal’s care.
  6. The foster parent takes responsibility for returning the pet to the sanctuary at the termination of the foster care agreement. In some cases, the animal may have to be brought to the sanctuary periodically during the term of fostering for checkups or for the administration of other special care.
  7. The foster parent understands that the animals are the sole property of HSSCM and therefore agrees not to sell, trade, or give the animal away. It is understood that any adoption of the fostered animal must take place only through HSSCM.
  8. Because foster care homes must be approved before an animal is placed, the foster parent agrees not to place the animal in any other home except in EXTREME emergency situations such as fire.

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