The following criteria must be met before you can foster an animal:
- You’re at least 18 years old.
- Communication is a must as EDPR needs to know how everything is going and if any concerns arise
- Fosters are to be seen by vets only in the rescues network until adoption.
- If you have other pets, all of their vaccinations/sterilizations are up to date.
- You’ve got a spare room or a location in your home where foster animals can be kept separate from your own pets, and where you can easily access and monitor your furry guest. Most foster stays are from two weeks to two months.
- You might feel that you don’t already have enough to clean around the house. Foster pets have ruined drapes, carpeting, clothing, and other valuable items. Preparing your home and the area the animals will stay in can prevent most accidents, but there is always routine clean up.
- You have some free time every day to handle and care for your foster. Sure it’s great if they can have time away from the shelter, but living behind the dryer in your laundry room won’t give an animal the skills needed to become someone’s pet. If you feel you’re neglecting your own Fluffy and Fido, don’t take on any more.
- You can transport an animal back and forth to the shelter or vets office when necessary and needed.
- You know how to let go. It can be very difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached to an animal! Know that the love and attention you give to these animals means that they are much more likely to find loving, permanent homes! Besides, it you can’t give them back, we can’t give you more – and that’s the whole point of foster care.
- Can you place your trust in the rescue staff to decide what is best for the animals? Before you even meet your foster pet, the staff has spent a considerable amount of time determining which animals will benefit the most from foster care. No matter how dog savvy you are or how many dogs you’ve owned, nothing beats the experience of animal care professionals who handle animals each day.
- Some people like to foster pets because it’s difficult for them to see animals in a shelter environment. True enough, but it is important for our foster parents, staff, and volunteers to see what the others do.
The EDPR Provides:
- All necessary medication and medical care
- Food and Treats (when donations are available)
- Education on how to care for your foster animal
- Crate or Kennel to provide security and safe transportation
The EDPR Foster Family Provides:
- A safe and nurturing environment for your foster animal
- Socialization for shy animals
- A chance for sick animals to recover