Fostering an animal
Is saving an animal.
How do I know if fostering is for me?
If you have the time and dedication to give a foster pet the attention, exercise, and love it deserves, you can be a invaluable foster resource. Each pet is an individual, and each foster experience is unique. Our volunteers are here to support you along the way. Fostering is a wonderful way to socialize a pet in a real home environment to help get it ready for adoption into a permanent home.
How long can I expect to foster a pet?
It varies - anywhere from a few days to several months, its uncommon to have a foster dog more than 3mo. if you are taking your foster animal to regular adoption events, but in the event of a “hard to adopt” pet, we can find more suitable accommodations or even, at times, sanctuary for a terminal or unfriendly pet.
What happens if I have to go out of town?
Our volunteers can make temporary arrangements to house your foster pet while you're away. We do expect at least a weeks notice since finding fosters takes time and we don't have a facility which would allow us to move your foster animal more quickly.
What if my foster pet becomes ill or needs veterinary care?
iResQ will cover all necessary and approved veterinary costs for foster pets. We will schedule an appointment for you to take your foster pet in for treatment. We just need you to follow safety precautions to limit injury and isolation protocol to maintain the health of the animal.
Who pays for food?
You can usually feed your foster pet whatever you're currently feeding your own pets. If you need assistance with purchasing food, iResQ may have access to donated food which we can provide.
What if my foster pet doesn't get along with my own pets?
Most times, a little adjustment period is needed for any foster pet - after all, the pet has probably been through some emotional or even physical trauma. We do expect that your personal animals are stable, socially appropriate, spay/neutered family pets and therefore the only "unknown" would be how the foster pet may respond. We have a process outlined for taking your pet home and doing introductions with current pets, which we ask that you follow in order to keep everyone safe and also allow the best possible interaction responses for your foster. We can also help you with advice and resources. If you decide you can't continue fostering, we will find another foster home with a few days notice.
How does fostering help the animal and the Rescue?
Because iResQ doesn't have a facility, it depends completely on foster homes to keep animals safe until they find their adoptive home. Without fosters, we couldn't save the animals we do and more would die in shelters every day. So even if you only have a week or two to house an animal or two - that is more time than they currently have in the shelter. Please consider becoming a foster
Adopting a pet
Am I ready?
Adopting a Pet is nothing to take lightly. It is a life time (for the entire life of the animal, 12-18yrs) commitment and needs to be considered rationally; weighing time, costs, and family dynamics before selecting and taking a pet home.
Resources to consider before adopting:
Which Breed Is Best For Me?
Resources to help you through the "newly adopted pet" phase:
A life saving book that ALL new puppy adopters should read, have, lend to friends: Raising a Behaviorally Healthy Puppy
All types of behavioral issues for dogs and cats:
Safe, tough and busy toys to keep your puppy safe and entertained:
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