Thank you for thinking about sharing your home with one of our dogs. The AAC is always in need of foster homes and the more homes we have, the more lives we can save. Without the help of foster caregivers we would be forced to turn away many pets that need our help, so again, we thank you.
The Animal Adoption Center relies on the generosity of foster parents to provide loving and temporary homes for the dogs in our program. Each evening our goal is to have every dog leave the AAC with one of our selfless foster parents and spend the night in their home, often with their own pets and children. Foster parents supply temporary housing during the night, which helps prepare the dogs for placement with their future adoptive family by giving them the opportunity to learn valuable household manners. Additionally, foster parents help us understand each animal’s particular needs and determine the best long term placement for each dog. During operating hours the dogs are brought back to the AAC for visitors and potential adopters to view them.
The AAC provides an overnight bag with everything the dog will need for their “sleepover”. Foster parents are needed nightly. Tuesday through Friday is a one-night commitment. We ask that dogs are picked up between 4pm and 6pm and returned the following morning between 9am and 12pm. The AAC is closed Sundays and Mondays, so foster parents get to spend a whole weekend with their foster dog! Pickup is Saturday between 4pm and 5pm and drop off is Tuesday between 9am and 12pm.
Some animal shelters are forced to euthanize hundreds of healthy and friendly animals each day to make space for the new ones coming into the shelter. Foster parents maximize the number of pets who can be saved by playing an indispensable role in preparing dogs for their future homes. It is a truly rewarding way to help an animal in need. Each time a dog stays at a foster parent’s home, we are able to learn more about the dogs personalities; their likes/dislikes, their optimal living environment, as well as any potential issues or quirks that we may need to address. The dogs benefit immensely from the individual attention, affection, socialization and additional exposure to the public that foster homes offer. In addition, fostering is the best way for potential adopters to get to know a particular dog better without any commitment until they find that perfect match! Want to understand why foster programs are beneficial to shelters? Here is a study proving that foster programs do indeed help homeless dogs find their forever families quicker and allows shelters to save more lives!
Every dog at the AAC needs a nightly foster, even puppies. Puppies require extra love, attention and structure as well as longer term foster care. Puppy fostering is a great way to discover whether or not you are ready for the responsibility of raising a young dog. Periodically the AAC needs cat foster parents to provide a kitty with health or behavioral concerns with a little extra love and attention.