Become a foster

There is absolutely no person more valuable to a rescue organization than a foster parent. In fact, animal rescue would be all but impossible if it weren’t for the caring souls willing to open their hearts and their homes to these animals in desperate need of a temporary, safe environment. We provide all the food and medical treatment while the pet is in your care, but as always we are grateful for any help we might receive from the foster parent. You provide a loving home for a furry friend who desperately needs it! The animal still goes to mobile adoptions every weekend in hopes to find a permanent family. (You help transport the animal to and from adoptions) Should you decide you would like to adopt the pet you are fostering, you will always have the opportunity to do so!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About Fostering:
We are often approached by people who wish to help the animals but don’t have time to volunteer every weekend, or they don’t have the resources or time to care for an animal permanently. Fostering is a perfect opportunity for those unable to volunteer in other areas to make a positive contribution to the life of a needy animal, and is most definitely a worthwhile and noble act of kindness.

What does a foster parent do?
Foster parenting entails nothing more than allowing an animal who is in the rescue’s system to stay in your home and receive the love, nurturing and daily care that any animal deserves until he or she finds a permanent home. Although we can never guarantee how long this will take, the average is several weeks; however it could be as little as a few days or as much as a few months. A foster parent has the right to discontinue fostering at any time for any reason, so if you feel that you’re not longer able to be a foster parent you are always given the option to stop. ARC provides all medical care, food and other necessities for the animal. All you need to provide is a safe, loving environment until he or she is able to find a permanent home.

“But I don’t think I could be a foster parent, I’d become too attached”
One of the most common remarks we in the rescue business hear is, “I could never be a foster parent because I’d become too attached and wouldn’t be able to part with the animal.” Believe me when I say that those of us in rescue understand this sentiment completely. It would be absolutely impossible for us to take in these animals, nurse them back to health, worry about their health and safety 24 hours a day and spend every weekend at adoptions with them without developing a strong bond. We understand the pain of letting them go, but we also understand that the work that we do gives life to those who would otherwise be suffering incomprehensibly. And we understand that when we let go of an animal it’s to let him or her begin the life that he or she so deserves. Foster parents are a huge part of this life-saving process.

It is self-sacrifice and, while it seems difficult to those who have never experienced it, the foster parents who once thought it too painful have told us that the experience was more rewarding than they could ever have imagined. If you have room in your home and in your heart, we are in desperate need for foster homes. If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, please call or email us.