• What is pet fostering?

    Pet fostering provides temporary care to shelter animals who, for a variety of reasons, need to live in a home environment prior to adoption.

  • Why are foster homes needed?

    Possible reasons are:

    • Fostering may be the only way for an animal's life to be saved, where there is no option for it to stay in a shelter. Previously abused, neglected or abandoned animals that need to form a healthy bond with people.

    • Any animal that is highly stressed in a shelter, particularly older dogs and cats. For some animal the environment of a shelter is inappropriate, either because they might have phobias or they might need special medical treatment.

    • Newborn animals who need to breastfeed or bottle fed usually need temporary hosting.

    • Some animals may need to recover from a surgery or an injury before they are adopted.

    Animal welfare organizations work to place lost, abandoned, abused and relinquished animals in forever homes, which helps relieve overcrowding and reduces an animal’s stress by providing a temporary and supportive sanctuary while it awaits permanent adoption.

  • Is pet fostering right for you?

    If you would like to do something to help animals, the temporary fostering is a flexible and pleasant way to accomplish, while offering incredible satisfaction. This is because:

    • Ιt is more flexible than other volunteer tasks that require your physical presence at a specific time and for a specific number of hours.

    • Is a wonderful way to enjoy the companionship of a pet, if you are not able to take the permanent commitment that requires an adoption. The temporary hosting is ideal for students, or people who move frequently.

    • Are you thinking to add to your family a dog or a cat but not sure if you can manage? Here's a way to find out.

    Pet fostering is a great way to give an extra chance to an animal in need and enhance your own life with the companionship of a loving pet.

  • How much time it requires?

    The time you need to spend depends on the specific needs of the animal that you will foster. For example, newborn orphan puppies or kittens must be fed every few hours. A phobic animal that needs to be socialized or trained also needs a little more time. We can help you determine which animal would be suitable for you.

  • What knowledge/skills are needed? What it takes to be a pet foster.

    It would be good to have some knowledge of the behavior and pet health. We can enlighten you.

    Often, animals who need special help or some kind of education, have the need for temporary fostering. Phobic cats, for instance, often need time and the serenity of a household to begin to trust people. Dogs often need some basic training for obedience and discipline, so by teaching them some basic training techniques, you will be able to help the doggy that you will foster to be prepared for his new home.

    While fosters often get attached to their charges, most ‘give up’ the pet to adoption because they recognize it’s in the best long-term interests of the animal to have a permanent home.

  • What about the food and pharmaceutical care?

    We provide our fosters with information about the pet’s temperament and medical needs. Fosters are given essential supplies, such as food and access to veterinary care, and an emergency number if problems arise. If you wish t help us providing food and the vet's care costs, we will be more than happy!

  • What about my own pets?

    You should consider how your own pets will react to the temporary presence of another animal at home. Some animals accept with joy a temporary friend, while they help much and the socialization of the animal. Some other animals find it hard to accept a new pet, or they get really sad when their friend leaves. You alone are able to evaluate the character of your pet.

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    For the safety of your own pets, but for the animal and that you will foster, it's important your animals to be vaccinated. In some cases, the animal that you will be fostering perhaps will have to be isolated from your pet, either temporarily, either throughout the fostering period. Discuss with us to determine what is best in each case.

  • What happens when the foster animal gets adopted?

    While fosters often get attached to their charges, most ‘give up’ the pet to adoption because they recognize it’s in the best long-term interests of the animal to have a permanent home.

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    The thought of the animal in his new environment can help you remember that it has found an amazing new family.

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    Many people get in touch with the people that adopt the animal they were fostering. This contributes in knowing that you helped in saving a life and offers incredible satisfaction.

    Sometimes volunteers becomes so attached to the animals in their charge that they legally adopt them!!!

  • Yes, but is it fair for the animal?

    Some people are reluctant to temporary foster an animal, because they believe that it is unfair to give shelter to an animal, develop a bond, and then send it to a new home. They think "isn't that like abandoning the animal for a second time?"

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    No, far from it! A temporary foster home can save the life of a stray animal! It gives them the opportunity to become familiar with life in a home, to understand that people can be good with them, and that there is a warm and safe place for them.

    Unfortunately, there are countless animals who are in need of this kind of preparation before they find their own ' people '

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