Foster parenting is a rewarding experience for the entire family. It teaches children to love and care for a pet with the intention of finding a loving home. Many lessons can be learned from that. For foster parents, the satisfaction is in saving an animal from a potentially terrible life and being the link that brings that pet to a new owner.
Upon approval, foster parents can choose which type of pet(s) they would like to foster. We in turn will try and match the right pet for you.
We can provide a crate, bowls, supplies, etc., if needed. All medical expenses are also paid by AEAR, as long as they are pre-approved.
It is extremely important that you make sure that all of your own pets are up to date on their annual shots and have had the appropriate vaccines (e.g., kennel cough). Your pets should all be protected with flea/tick and heartworm prevention. We cannot be responsible if your pet gets sick due to a foster animal being sick. That is why it’s imperative you protect your pets with preventative medicines.
Prepare your home for your new foster dog by:
- Having a crate, leash, bowls, harness/collar, etc.
- Setting aside space in your home for the dog and the crate that allows the dog privacy and a place to decompress.
Prepare your home for your new foster cat by:
- Having a litter box, litter, bowls, etc.
- Setting aside a room in your home for the cat. Please make sure the cat or cats are in set up in a room and not allowed access to the entire house.
Prepare your home for your new foster pet by:
- Having the appropriate enclosure and supplies.
- Setting aside space in your home for the animal.
- If you are fostering an animal that is sensitive to drafts, cold or hot weather be sure the temperature where the pet will be staying is regulated.
It could take weeks for your new foster cat to acclimate with the other animals in your house. Do NOT introduce them to your crew right away. That could spell disaster. Begin by having the new cat in his own room with a litter box, food, water, somewhere to sleep and things to do. Let him sniff under the door and let your pets do the same. After a few days you can put up a baby gate blocking that room and when supervised let the animals greet each other through the gate. When not supervised keep the door closed. This can be a slow and tedious process. After a week or so of that, keep the gate up and door open for short times when you are not supervising. While cats can jump a gate, typically they respect the barrier and it gives them security to know where their spaces are. Over maybe two weeks to a month, the animals in the house should adjust and can live together. You may opt to put the foster cat in his room when you leave for the day and/or at bedtime. Don’t feel bad about it! The alternative is a shelter or the streets.
All vet visits must be pre-approved by Sandy KW. Any vet visits made without approval will not be reimbursed.