LCHS Programs : Foster Care
- 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 always able to care for every animal if they are not immediately ready for adoption. Sometimes, an animal just needs a week of TLC in a home setting before she is ready for adoption!
- Foster parents help save and enrich lives- they are of the highest importance!
- Fostering is a wonderful experience for you and your family- you can feel good knowing that you helped save an animal’s life! Fostering is also a great way to teach kids the value of community service, responsibility, and caring for others.
- As a foster parent, you will receive communication about animals needing foster homes. If you are willing and able to foster an animal, we will make arrangements for you to pick up the animal and all needed supplies from the shelter. We will provide all the supplies and medical treatments needed, as well as be available for any questions or concerns that you have. YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD TO FOSTER.
- The average stay in a foster home is 1-6 weeks- but length of stay varies, as every animal and situation is different. Some animals may require just a few days of fostering, while others may need a few months.
- Adequate facilities in your home and all residents’ agreement to foster.
- Willingness to commit time, patience, energy, and love to your foster animal.
- Some animal handling and experience, or willingness to learn.
- Some medical knowledge, or willingness to learn.
- Provide a loving environment in your home.
- Provide food, shelter, exercise, basic training, and attention to your foster animal.
- Monitor heath and contact the shelter as needed.
- Administer medication if necessary.
- Transport the animal to shelter as needed.
- Nursing mother with puppies
- Abused dog that needs tender loving care
- Injured dog or one recovering from surgery
- A dog in need of socialization
- Puppies that are too young to be adopted
- Nursing mother with kittens
- Cats or kittens needing socialization, or a stress free environment to recuperate
- Injured cats or one recovering from surgery
- Un-weaned kittens with no mother (bottle babies)
- Kittens that are too young or imm
ature to be adopted
What supplies are needed?
LCHS will provide you with all the supplies, equipment, and training that is needed throughout your foster experience.
How much time is needed to foster?
Commitment and responsibilities depend on the individual animal and situation. Some animals just need a week of foster care before they are old enough to be adopted. Some need 6 weeks until they have recovered from injury or illness and are ready for adoption. Foster parents must be willing to be patient and commit to the animal- it is our goal to keep them in a stable environment for their mental and physical health- this then helps them get adopted faster!
Can I foster if I have my own animals?
Yes and no. We want to keep your animals and our animals safe and happy. The health risk to a foster parent’s animal is minimal if they are current on vaccines, are not elderly or very young, and maintain a healthy diet. If your pets do not tolerate other animals in the house, foster parenting is not something you should take on. We also cannot expose our animals if you have had pets in the home in the past with certain contagious diseases. If you or someone in your home is immune-compromised, consult your doctor before fostering.
Do I need to have prior medical knowledge or expertise?
Yes and no. We provide all the training and support resources, but you have to be willing and able to follow our instruction and guidance.
What if my foster animal gets sick or hurt?
LCHS provides all medical treatment and veterinary care. Any need for treatment must go through your contact person at LCHS. You will be provided with a thorough manual describing the most common medical issues and how to handle them.
What if I want to adopt my foster?
If you (or family member, or friend, etc) would like to adopt your foster animal, you will need to go through the shelter’s normal adoption process. In some cases, an animal may already be adopted, but not healthy enough to go home- so it may have already been spoken for.
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.
1.) Complete and submit a foster care questionnaire. Questionnaires are available at the shelter or online. Complete it here.
2.) All new fosters must attend a 1 hour training class.
3.) 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.
Want to help but can’t be a Foster? Support a Foster family by donating supplies from the Foster Care Amazon Wish List!