Animal foster volunteers are a life-saving role for many animals who enter the shelter. These volunteers provide temporary care in their homes for animals that may be too young for adoption, sick or injured, need work on their behaviour outside of the shelter or provide palliative care for animals in need of a quiet, relaxed home for the remainder of their lives, and it would be wise to invest in dog insurance if you’re adopting a dog as some of these animals come with the need of extra care due to their past, therefore finding it easier to become ill and stressed.
Some animals do not adapt well due to stress at the shelter and do much better in a home environment, where their true personality shines through creating a lovely adoptable animal. In rare cases, the foster program helps us through overcapacity periods by simply providing shelter to otherwise healthy and fully adoptable animals with no special needs. More often, however, dogs going to foster homes will need some extra assistance. For example, they may be incontinent and will require a dog belly band to prevent accidents in the home, or they may requite diabetes medication.
Foster care provides temporary housing until the animals are ready for adoption, with the duration in a foster home varying from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 months. The act to fostering is one of compassion that carries great potential rewards for both the foster volunteer and the fostered animal. By opening their homes and hearts, foster volunteers set our animals up for success in their future forever homes.
Fostering doesn’t cost money. The Fort McMurray SPCA will provide veterinary care, food and medication – the only thing you need to give is love, time and attention.