Our Foster Care Program asks community members to open their doors to our animals who need some TLC outside of the shelter. Fostering is one of the most important ways you can help the animals of Cabot Animal Support Services. The shelter is a stressful place so foster homes are invaluable when it comes to identifying a dog or cat’s true personality! Foster homes are the stepping stone to helping shelter pets find their forever home.
Requirements to Foster
We love our fosters! Any individual, family, or business with the compassion and willingness to help animals-in-need can serve as a foster parent. You don’t need to have previous animal experience to become a foster, just a love of animals and a willingness to learn. We do, however, have just a few requirements.
- Foster parents must be at least 18 years of age
- Foster parents must fill out a Foster Application and be approved
- Foster parents must be interested in and willing to help find a forever home for their foster pet.
- Foster parents are encouraged to participate in adoption events and networking to find potential adopters.
Methods of Fostering
- Hounds on the Town - Take a dog on a field trip around the area
- Sleep Over - Take a dog home for the night, weekend, or holiday
- ResQ Riders - Foster a dog or cat short term
- Foster Until Adoption - Foster a dog or cat until they are adopted
- Adoption Ambassadors - Specialize in finding adoptive homes for shelter dogs
- Helping Hands - provide a temporary home for the pets of victims of domestic violence
Why should you become a foster parent?
We believe that every animal that enters our shelter deserves to have the best possible chance at finding a loving, permanent home. A foster parent has one of the most important jobs at the shelter. Foster parents allow our animals to receive the proper care and attention they deserve as they wait for adoption. As a foster parent you’ll not only save the lives of animals in your care, but you’ll give other animals coming into the shelter who may not need the same level of medical attention, a space on our adoption floor to find their own loving homes. If those aren’t enough reasons to become a foster parent, consider these:
- Foster animals are temporary companions offering their love freely
- You’ll be helping to socialize a shelter animal so they become more adoptable and better companions
- You can put that spare bedroom to good use
- Fostering helps you explore many different breeds of dogs and cats.
- If for some reason you can’t keep a full-time companion animal, fostering for short time periods is an ideal solution
- You’ll know that you’re making a huge difference in the lives of your fosters and other animals at the shelter