FOSTERING FAQs

Frequently asked questions about fostering

What is a foster?

A foster home is a temporary living situation for homeless pets while they await placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, water, care and love. The number of animals we save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster homeless pets.

What are my responsibilities as a foster?

As a foster you will:

  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment

  • Provide and/or use provided food and litter from ARE Animal Rescue

  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems

  • Transport to/from any necessary medical, adoption or events

  • Actively participate in marketing your foster cat(s) or dog(s)

  • Meet with potential adopters; be responsive and courteous towards each potential adopter

  • Carefully read all documents & carefully follow all instructions that ARE Animal Rescue provides

Why do I have to isolate my foster pets for 10-14 days?
While all cats/dogs who come to ARE Animal Rescue receive a routine medical exam for common illnesses and flea preventatives, deworming and other medications or tests necessary, no test is 100% accurate. This isolation period serves to ensure your foster pets are not carrying hidden germs from the shelter or sharing anything with your resident pets. It also gives foster pets and your resident pets a chance to acclimate to each other. A bathroom or spare room works great for this isolation period. 

How long will I foster?
It depends on the situation and type of pet(s) you are looking to foster and how involved you are in trying to find them a home. We require a minimum commitment of 2-4 weeks for any cat since our feline friends do not handle frequent environment changes well. Cats and kittens whose fosters submit photos and bios for our adoption team and website are usually adopted pretty quickly. Older cats or pets with medical issues can take longer to find their forever homes.