Why do Animals need Foster Homes?
We need more foster homes primarily because dogs are slated to be euthanized at local shelters. Some animals are perfectly fit for a loving family while others need a little help getting back on their feet. Below are some common issues that animals rescued from shelters face. Often times, an animal will be euthanized before it has a chance because shelters don’t have the time/resources to deal with less than perfect pets.
Fixable/Treatable problems of shelter animals
- They are too young for a permanent home
- A mother has an unweaned litter
- An animal is malnourished
- Socialization - animals that need socialization should go to foster homes with previous experience working with animals.
- Minor infectious disease - animals that need extra time before they can be adopted so they can get well.(i.e. The most common infectious disease is coccidiosis, which may need fostering for up to 4 weeks. Mange requires 6 weeks. Ringworm requires 4-6 weeks. Upper respiratory infections require 7 to 21 days of treatment but will need to be kept in a foster home for an additional 2-3 weeks.)
When fostering a dog, either a dog already at N.A.B.S. or a dog we choose to rescue from a shelter, N.A.B.S. will cover vet visits, provide food, ect. All you need to do is provide a temporary home and lots of love and attention. When fostering a dog the dog will be posted on our website however, most adoptions occur due to our mobile adoption sites. We ask that you make your foster available to meet potential adopters by taking them to our mobile adoption site as often as possible. We are at the Petco on 646 and I45 every Saturday from 12:00 until 4:00 and we would like your foster dog to come as much as they can. When the dog needs to go to the vet, N.A.B.S. will cover the visit as long as we are consulted about the visit and you take them to our vet. N.A.B.S. will screen all potential adopters of your foster dog with you, so the best decision can be made for the dog. The length of time a dog stays with its foster parents varies from dog to dog, normally around a few moths, but we make every effort to find them homes quickly. All of our fosters can attest to the fact that fostering is a rewarding, life changing experience.
What if I fall in love with my foster dog and want to keep him?
If you decide you can not part with your foster dog, as many fosters do with at least one, you can adopt him or her.