You can directly save the life of a cat
or dog, kitten or puppy by becoming a foster parent. Every new foster
family means another pet rescued from abuse, neglect or abandonment. All
of our volunteers at FCAR are important to us and vital to our success,
but foster homes hold a special place in the hearts of the animals we
adopt out and the loving families we adopt to. Unconditional Love.
That is what our foster homes provide and with it, the foundation for a
healthy and happy new beginning for our animals.
If you are interested in
being a foster parent, please download the
Foster Application Form and
return it to us.
What do you need to become a Foster Parent?
You need to have a little extra time each day to care for and play with your foster pet,
so that he or she is well socialized when its time to move into a new
adoptive home. Your personal pets should be current on
vaccines, including Bordatella for dogs.
What do we provide?
We provide information and support so that your experience will be a
positive one. FCAR provides the basics - food and litter, training
crates, collars and leashes. FCAR also provides any veterinary care that
the animal may need, including vaccinations, testing, medications, and
spay/neuter services. There is no cost to you.
How long will the foster pet be in your
That will depend on the age and circumstances of the pet that you decide
to take in. Common situations that require foster home support: a young
adult dog that just needs to get well over a couple of weeks before
she/he is altered and put up for adoption; a litter of puppies that
would benefit from a family situation to aid in their social
development; an animal that requires attention and love to overcome past
Homes are the best place for many of
our animals because they thrive in family settings. Some dogs and cats
also need a break from the shelter or need special love and attention
due to a difficult history.
Do adult dogs and cats need
fostering too or just puppies?
Adult dogs need to be fostered also for a lot of reasons: stress from the shelter, needing a place to
recover from illness or just some time to adjust to being in a shelter
so they're adoptable when they return. Foster homes also help us open
space in the shelter for more dogs and cats.
do you get out of being a foster parent?
The answers to that question are as varied as the people who become
foster parents. Some of the most common comments we receive are: 1) the
satisfaction of knowing that you were directly responsible for saving an
animal's life, 2) the joy and fun of getting to raise and play with
kittens and puppies for a few weeks (while they're still so cute!)
without the responsibility of a longer term commitment, and 3) the
chance to work with your kids on a great family project that teaches
responsibility, but also provides a lot of fun.
If you are interested in becoming a foster
parent, you can call us at (901) 854-2565 or
email us for