Fostering an Animal

If you have the time and dedication to give a foster pet the attention, exercise, and love it deserves, you can be an 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.

As we do not have a facility, we completely depend on foster homes to keep animals safe until they find their adoptive home. Without fosters, we couldn’t save the animals that we do and more would die in shelters every day. Even if you only have a week or two to house and care for an animal in need, that is more time than they currently have in the shelter.

Foster FAQs

Here are some of our frequently asked questions for those interested in fostering. If you do not see your question below, please contact us!

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.

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.

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.

Because iResQ strives to feed the best quality food possible with added supplements to build health, iResQ will provide all of this. Please get prior approval before feeding anything that may not be on the pets diet. This is very important for puppies!

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 after giving proper notice.