The act of fostering requires a readiness to dedicate your time to giving love and care to an animal in need. We require our fosterers to be with the animal for the most part of the day and preferably to have had experience in looking after young or sick animals.
We also require our fosterers to be prepared to collect the foster animal from our shelter, and bring it back for any check-ups by the vet during the foster period. We will provide some food, a litter tray (for cats), and a carrier for the start of the fostering period. However, we ask that any subsequent food be supplied by the fosterer so we can better allocate our limited resources.
We will provide medication for the animal (if needed) during the fostering period. The fosterer must also remain contactable so that we can get regular updates on the animal's health and well-being.
Our animals are usually cared for in a foster home for a period of one month to three months, depending on the animal's needs and circumstances in the shelter. Fostering an animal is not easy, and it may involve considerable cleaning up as the animals are usually young and may not be toilet-trained. They may also be very playful and may chew on your possessions.
The toughest part of being a fosterer is having to return the animal to our shelter for adoption after you have become emotionally attached to it over the fostering period. However, nothing beats the feeling of saving a life.