Welcome to the world of the unwanted.
As a foster home for Pets Haven Animal Rescue, Inc. you will be subject to
heartbreaking scenarios and will also cry tears of joy. If after reading
the preceding sentence you still want to go forward with this, read on.
What is foster care? You will be given as many unwanted
cats and dogs to care for
as you told your rescue volunteer you could handle at one time. Your job
is to help the rescue volunteer evaluate temperaments (most important),
give the animal attention and training if possible, and make the animal a part
of your family for as long as the animal is in your care. You may have these
animals for quite a while during some times of the year when people are
dumping cats and dogs while no one is looking for a cat or dog. Or, you may only have an
for a few days or a week. You must be able to cope with the possibility
that your rescue volunteer will take an animal and have her put to
sleep—always for a good reason, never because we couldn't place the animal.
Still with us? Read on.
Kids and cats/dogs:
If you have children, NEVER introduce a new rescue
them without your rescue volunteer being RIGHT THERE! Sometimes, owners
dumping cat/dogs do not tell us the truth, and the animal may be a fear biter or
dislike children. Your rescue volunteer will not place these kinds of
with you if you have children, but again, people are NOT always truthful.
Your rescue volunteer is a skilled, experienced animal care person. He or
she will be there to oversee the introduction of a new rescue cat/dog to your
children. Common sense says never let a strange cat/dog be alone with
any circumstances, and your children need to be taught how to act with
strange cats/dogs. If you need help in teaching your children the right way to
behave around strange animals, discuss it with your rescue volunteer. He/she
will be more than happy to help teach your children this very important
facet of a foster home, because they will play a part in evaluating
temperaments for rescue.
What To Do If You Have A Problem: Call your rescue volunteer! He/she is
the ultimate authority in your area. If a rescue cat/dog bites someone,
fights with other animals, meows/barks excessively, escapes or in general just
destroys everything in sight, call your rescue volunteer! This is your
job. This is part of your evaluation of a rescue cat/dog. These are things we
in the rescue program need to know about these animals so we can place them
accordingly or in the case of uncontrollable aggression towards people,
What You Need To Foster A Rescue Cat/Dog: If a fenced in area is to contain a
rescue animal it needs to be an appropriate height and in case of cats a complete enclosure. If it
has a gate, it must be lockable and be locked at all times when the rescue
animal is in the enclosure. This is to prevent someone from opening the gate
and either stealing the animal, getting scratched or bitten by the animal (some
cats/dogs don't like strangers) or the animal getting loose and getting run over
or worse. Inside areas must be secure, able to be locked and shaded with
water available at all times. AND the animals have to have plenty of family
and one on one time. Crates are an important piece of equipment to rescue
people, and are invaluable for transporting and isolating animals. These are
the essentials needed and your rescue volunteer can discuss these items
with you in detail.
Other Things You Need To Know: When your foster care
cat/dog arrives, your
rescue volunteer will tell you everything he or she knows about the
and the cat's/dog's background. Our cats do not wear ID tags for safety reasons.
Feeding will be at your discretion. Whatever food is convenient for you
(as long as it is a quality food) is what you should feed unless the
owner has supplied food or the cat/dog needs a special diet. Pets Haven, Inc.
cannot always reimburse you for food.
Our veterinarian is Stanton Animal Hospital in Fayetteville . Approved vet
bills will be taken care of by your rescue volunteer. He/she will insure
the cat/dog comes to you as healthy as possible. All rescue cats and dogs will be
altered, and when we do that, be prepared to care for the surgical site
just like you would your own animal. If at any time the animal needs health care
and your rescue volunteer is unavailable, contact anyone on the Pets Haven
Board for instruction. Keep all receipts. The only way Pets Haven and your
rescue volunteer can reimburse you is if you have receipts for everything.
Major medical work MUST be cleared by your rescue volunteer first. In case
of emergency, if you can not reach Pets Haven, DO NOT WAIT call Stanton
Animal Hospital, identify yourself as a Pets Haven volunteer, follow our
veterinarian's advice AND have the cost applied to Pets Haven's account.
CONTACT US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Screening of potential homes is done by your rescue volunteer ONLY. Should
someone you know see your foster cat/dog and think they may want to adopt it,
feel free to give your rescue volunteer a call and give him or her that
person's phone number or e-mail. NEVER place or promise a cat/dog yourself!
Your rescue volunteer has all the paperwork that needs to be done before
placing a cat/dog, and must interview the home first.
If you still think you wish to do this, we deeply appreciate your concern
for the animals and the degree of dedication involved with being a foster
care home. Please fill out our Adoption Application and use Foster Home
for the animal's name and we will get back with you as soon as possible. If
your application is approved, one of our volunteers will visit you at your
home to discuss further details and for you to sign the appropriate paper