FOSTERING PETS for Arnell Humane Society

Our goal at the Arnell Animal Shelter is to find homes for our adoptable pets as quickly as possible.  From time to time, the shelter takes in pets that are not old enough or ready to be adopted.  Foster Care is a short stay for a shelter pet, in a household ready for the temporary adventure of a furry friend prior to adoption.

Some animals don’t do well in a shelter environment because they are frightened or need a little extra TLC.  Others may need time to recover from an illness or injury. Newborn animals that need to be nursed or bottle-fed usually require foster care.  Young puppies and kittens need cuddling and play time together.  (This is our most common fostering need.)

Providing foster care for a few days, weeks, or months can be a lifesaving gift for an animal.  Fostering is a flexible, fun and rewarding volunteer job that you can do in your own home.

The specific needs of the animal will determine how much time is involved and what kinds of animals you’ll be best suited to foster. Newborn orphaned puppies and kittens, for instance, must be fed every few hours. A frightened animal that needs socialization or training will also require some extra time.

It’s best to have some knowledge about companion animal behavior and health.  Just by living with you and learning the rules of domestic living will set them up for a happy life elsewhere.

Your role as a foster parent is to prepare the animal for adoption into a loving home.  Requirements will vary depending upon the animal you are fostering.  You’ll also want to consider how the animals in your household will adjust to having a foster pet.

Knowing you were part of saving a life and helping an animal find a loving home is tremendously rewarding.  There may not be a need for your help immediately or maybe just once a year. With a list of potential foster homes, Arnell will be able to find the help they need.

Fill out the online Foster Care Application below.  A representative from Arnell will call to discuss Fostering for Arnell.



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