LCHS Programs : Foster Care
Thank You For Choosing To Foster!
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?
- We want every animal brought to us to have a chance for a long and happy life. Because of our limited resources and personnel, we are not able to care for the many sick, injured, or young but otherwise adoptable animals as we would like to. Foster is a critical bridge between surrender and permanent adoption.
- The Foster Care Program brings caring individuals and needy animals together, providing special care in a home setting until the animals are ready for adoption. We maintain a large variety of resources and information to train new fosters on how to become successful.
- Foster parents help save and enrich lives- they are of the highest importance!
- Thank you for opening your heart and home to one of our animals in need! You are giving young, sick, injured, abused, and under socialized animals a chance to heal and grow before finding their forever homes. Your work not only helps the animal in your care, but it opens up more room at the shelter to serve many more animals.
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.