Fostering is a key part of our success as an organization. We frequently have need for foster families to provide care for bottle baby kittens with or without moms; owned animals through our assistance programs, foster hospice, puppy socialization, adult cat or adult dog medical care, small animal socialization and more.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before taking on the task
|Type of Foster||Duration of commitment||Daily Commitment|
|Kittens/Bottle Babies||About 8 weeks (or less)||About 8 hours|
|Pregnant mom||Depending on how far along this can be up to 8 weeks or more.||2-4 hours|
|Socializing||2-4 weeks||4-6 hours|
|Medical||1-8 weeks||Depends on the medical care needed about 2-8 hours|
|Small Animals||Depending the situation can last up to 4 weeks||2-4 hours|
|Fospice||Until the animal has passed||About 2- 8 hours|
|Puppies||1-2 Weeks||6-8 hours|
Time: Each foster case is a little different from one another. So, it’s important to know if you can handle the length of stay and daily commitment your foster(s) will need.
Space: Having a separate space is highly recommended when taking home a foster. Most of the time we are unsure of the animal’s background, we run tests and make sure they get the shots they need before going to a foster home, but for the safety of your animals it is best to keep them separated.
Care: While fostering there is always the chance an animal may get really sick or possibly pass away. Being able to handle this emotionally is important when becoming a foster.
Watch our Pet Talk! episode all about fostering.
The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society encourages you to apply to become a foster family and help change the lives of these animals. We’d like to learn a bit more about you, so please fill out the application below.
Application: Foster Family
Not sure if fostering is right for your family? Contact our Foster Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 783-2311 to learn more!