Interested in fostering a pet during this "safer at home" period?
Check out our most frequently asked questions and find some helpful answers!
1. How do I become a foster?
A: Complete an online application at animalfriendsofthevalleys.com/foster and our Team will get back to you as soon as possible!* Please note, our Foster department consists of only two hard-working individuals who do their best to match the right pets to the right families, so we appreciate your patience as we contact each applicant!
2. What do I need to do as a Foster?
A: Animal Friends of the Valleys is proud to provide food, bedding, and essential items to bring home for your foster pets. All you will need to provide is room in your home and in your heart until your foster baby finds his/her forever home!
3. Without the regular adoption events, how to my foster pets find their forever families?
A: All of our adoptable foster pets can be seen online at animalfriendsofthevalleys.com/adoptable-foster-pets and under the "Animals" tab on our website! If you can send your best photos and a short description of your new foster baby's personality to firstname.lastname@example.org, we can keep their profiles updated to help their forever families find them better!
4. What if my foster pet doesn't get adopted once this "shelter in place" order ends?
A: Animal Friends of the Valleys' foster program is designed to place shelter pets inside a home environment while they wait for their forever homes, and helps to free up space at the shelter for incoming pets that need a place to stay while they are lost or in need of a new home. We understand that circumstances may change, but ask that you please consider holding onto your new foster friends until they can be placed in their forever homes.
5. Can I adopt my foster pets?
A: Absolutely!! While the foster program is not designed as a "test run" for adopting a pet, we love a good "foster phenom" (which is certainly not a "foster fail" in our eyes) and would be happy to complete your adoption for you.
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (951)674-0618 or email email@example.com!
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• Fostering is a fun family activity that can help inspire animal compassion in the younger generation. However, the main foster contact must be at least 18 years old (have this person complete the application).
• You must have reliable transportation for shuttling animal(s) to the shelter for checkups or vaccinations, vet appointments, or evacuating them in case of an emergency.
• You must have a schedule that allows you to meet the needs of foster animals in your care.
The length of foster assignments varies based on the needs of the animal. You will receive an approximate duration before you commit to an animal. Some of our youngest foster animals need around the clock care including feedings every 2-3 hours while other foster animals can be left at home for up to ten hours at a time. We will match you with a foster assignment that works with your schedule, availability, and interests.
Animal Friends of the Valleys is proud to provide all the necessary training, supplies and support you will need to care for your foster animals. This includes things like bowls, bedding, toys and crates as well as bigger expenses like food, litter, medication and veterinary services.
YES! Foster volunteers often fall in love with a pet they are fostering and it is indeed acceptable to adopt your foster pet. However, the foster program’s intended purpose is not to facilitate foster-to-adopt scenarios and is not meant as a “trial period” for adopting an animal. Foster adoptions are still subject to the same city ordinances as any other application, an example would be that our jurisdiction only allows a maximum of 4 dogs in one household.
Yes it is. Fosters definitely need the ability to say goodbye, and it can be a bittersweet moment to see the animal(s) you cared for going to their forever home. Please remember that fostering is a temporary situation and letting go of one foster pet enables you to help another in need. Although each adoption saves a life, a great foster parent can save many lives by socializing and rehabilitating pets that need a little extra time and care to be ready for a forever home.
Fill out the online application and someone from the Foster Program will get back to you shortly! If you have any questions reguarding your application, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (951) 674 - 0618 extension 216