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Q: What are foster homes?
Foster homes are temporary homes for one our rescues where you provide them with day-to-day care for a pre-determined amount of time OR until they are adopted.
Q: How much will fostering cost me?
Nothing! Fostering is FREE.
ARWOB provides ALL our foster homes with any daily essentials needed for keeping an animal in their home. This includes - most importantly - food and litter (for the kitties), and other supplies
such as water bowls, leashes, toys, beds, etc.
Q: How do I become a foster?
Apply by filling out a Dog Foster Application
or a Cat Foster Application
. An ARWOB volunteer will review your application and determine if you would make a good fit for our fostering program. If you are approved, an ARWOB representative will schedule a home check with you prior to placing an animal in your home
Q: Why should I foster?
When you foster one of our dogs or cats, it enables us to save even more animals! So, essentially you save two pets since the animal you are now fostering opens up one more space for another helpless dog or cat who is on the streets, sick, abandoned, or abused! Fostering is FULFILLING since you can achieve such a goal and it's also FUN since you get to spend time with and help them readjust to living in a home with a family that loves them.
Q: What other responsibilities will I have as a foster?
In addition to daily care, you are also responsible for evaluating your foster and sending us updates so that we can provide adopters with as much information as possible. In addition to keeping us up-to-date on your foster's well-being and daily growth, you are also responsible for having your foster attend scheduled adoption events if they have potential adopters waiting to meet them. If you cannot attend an event, then you are responsible for arranging their transport there.
Cats and dogs may also have come from stressful or abusive situations during their previous life, so they may feel scared or overly cautious. Rehabilitation may be apart of your job as they learn to adjust to living in a home. This means you may have to resocialize your foster dog or cat around humans and its own kind OR even teach them better manners. Other necessary learning that comes with teaching your foster animal include house-training, leash-training, etc.
Q: How long will I need to foster?
The most FULFILLING experience is to keep your foster until the day they are adopted. Some animals take longer to adopt, while others are adopted immediately. This depends strongly on your foster's breed, age, and temperament. The bravest fosters are those willing to take on our black cats and Pitbull Terrier mixes since they have such a crushing STIGMA attached to them. If you cannot foster for as long as it takes to adopt certain animals out, then we ask that you keep your foster pet for a MINIMUM of 2 weeks.
Q: What kind of veterinary care will my foster need?
We absolutely do not expect our fosters to take care of such expenses. Before we place an animal into foster care, we usually have them up-to-date on all their shots and vaccinations. For puppies and dogs on medications, veterinary hospital visits may be necessary, so you must be able to take your foster animal to their appointments scheudled by us. All expenses during the visit will be covered by the rescue at veterinary hospitals and clinics where we have an account already set up. In addition to veterinary care, most of our animals have flea and tick medications applied and microchipps inserted before placement.
Q:In the event that my foster dog becomes lost while under my care, what kind of safety measures will be taken to ensure its safe return?
We try are hardest to microchip our dogs and cats before they go to their foster home. However, we ask that you still remain vigilant and keep an eye on your foster dog or cat at all times. For safety measures, we try to provide you with a tag engraved with ARWOB's information. Please keep this on their collar at all times. In addition to this tag, we also recommend making them a tag with your own information on it so they have multiple chances of finding their way back to the rescue.