Thank you for considering becoming a foster parent for the lifesaving Providence Animal Center! We pride ourselves in helping more than 3,800 orphaned animals every year and could not save that many without the help of dedicated foster families. Fostering is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do because you have the ability to touch the lives of so many orphaned animals.
Foster families are needed all year round to care for puppies and kittens who are too young for adoption when they first arrive to our lifesaving center until the pet can be spayed/neutered and placed up for adoption. Temporary foster care is also consistently needed for animals that need time to heal from sickness or neglect. Other animals may need some basic training and socialization to be suitable for a forever home. And some just need a short break from kennel life for a “sleepover” in a home to relax, de-stress and recharge. Foster volunteers take such animals into their homes and provide a nurturing environment for them.
Every animal that is placed into a foster home means another life we can bring to the Adoption Center and therefore save!
For further information, please email our Foster Coordinator or give us a call at 610-566-1370 x213.
What is a foster parent/family?
A volunteer foster parent cares for an animal(s) in his/her home that needs to be out of the Adoption Center for variety of reasons including age, illness, injury, socialization or to help provide needed space at the Adoption Center for incoming animals. Foster parents provide a clean, safe, loving environment for the animals in their homes.
How long is the foster care commitment?
The length of foster care for each animal varies depending on its needs. Fostering may last a weekend, two weeks or several months. We have a need for foster parents throughout the year for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.
What are the expenses for a foster parent?
Foster homes should be prepared to provide food, water, litter, crates and toys for their foster pets. Occasionally these items will be available to foster homes for free when the Adoption Center has extra donations. The Providence Animal Center provides medical care free of charge for all foster animals through our Adoption Health Department. Foster parents incur expenses traveling to Providence Animal Center facility for medical care, as necessary.
What are the requirements for foster parents?
Prospective foster parents complete an application, which is reviewed by a member of the Foster Care team. If you have pets, all must be up-to-date on their vaccines (we require rabies and recommend distemper and additionally bordetella for dogs, given every 6 months) and all must be spayed/neutered, although some rare exceptions may apply. We reserve the right to do a home inspection once all references are checked. We strongly recommend a spare room to keep your foster animals in, at least initially.
What if I foster a pet and fall in love – can I adopt?
Absolutely! We just ask that you let the Foster Coordinator know as soon as possible that you intend to adopt your foster pet. You must then come to the Adoption Center to process the proper paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
- Are you at least 18 years of age? Though we encourage children to be a part of the fostering experience, adults are required to be the primary caregivers of the foster animals in the home.
- Are you able to separate the foster animals from your own animals? Because some foster animals have limited immunity, it is best to keep them in a spare room initially. When outside, puppies and dogs must be supervised in an enclosed yard or on a leash. Kittens and cats much be kept indoors at all times.
If you are unable to temporarily open your home to an animal at this time, you can still help make a difference by making a donation.