LCHS Programs : Foster Care
Thank You For Choosing To Foster!
Congratulations on your decision to foster an LCHS dog or cat. Every year, millions of healthy animals in the United States are euthanized. Your decision to provide foster care makes you part of the solution to this tragedy, sets an example for others, and saves an animal from uncertain fate. Be proud of your decision—we are!
What Is Foster?
The Foster Program consists of a unique and elite group of volunteers. Foster caretakers open their homes and hearts to house animals in a safe, healthy, caring environment for a temporary period of time. The goal of foster is to save the life of an animal by supplying proper supportive care in the way of socialization, medical care, exercise, attention and basic needs in an effort to provide a healthy, balanced pet. Foster is a critical bridge between surrender and permanent adoption.
Foster caregivers are in a unique position to help abused or neglected animals learn how to love and trust again. Foster homes can help these animals become more “adoptable” by providing socialization and basic training.
Are You Ready?
When considering Foster Care, please give careful consideration to the following: Foster animals affect the entire household. Is the whole family in agreement to foster? What impact will fostering have on your current pets?
Foster animals may be more susceptible to disease due to stress brought on by the shelter environment or rapid life changes taking place. Are your other pets current on vaccines and health care? Do all your dogs have a current license?
Foster animals may need some additional vetting to prepare them for their new home. Are you able to transport your foster animal to an LCHS authorized vet or to make weekly trips to LCHS for vaccines, supplies, weight checks etc?
The day will come when you reach your goal—and your foster animal will go to its new home or return to the shelter. How will you feel about saying goodbye?
How Do I Become A Foster Caretaker?
1.) Complete and submit a foster care questionnaire. Questionnaires are available at the shelter or online. Download it here.
2.) The Foster Coordinator will consider your capabilities and preferences to match you with a suitable animal. You will be contacted when we have an animal in need of foster care.
To learn more about becoming an animal foster parent, please download the PDF of our pet fostering manual here.