Adoption Ambassadors provide temporary shelter and care for our dogs and cats. These generous volunteers take in our pets for a short but necessary period of time, and then help us find them a permanent home
If you want to join our team, it takes time and commitment from all family members to care for and socialize the animal. But the effort you make is well worth the love you get back in return, and the wonderful feeling of knowing that you made a difference in this animal’s life. Fostering not only frees up space for us, but for some animals it’s a much healthier, more comfortable way to wait for adoption. Some dogs and cats are frightened, nervous or anxious in the shelter environment. They may not feel comfortable with other animals. Other animals that are recovering from an illness or injury find it easier to recover staying with a family. Socialization with a family group is much better for them.
Are You Ready to Become an Adoption Ambassador?
- Do you have pets of your own already?
You’ll need to make sure they’re okay with you taking in another animal. Sometimes pets need to be temporary isolated until they get used to each other. If there is a serious issue with one of your own pets that prevents you from fostering, you can return the animal to the shelter. We understand that sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
- Will it be hard to say goodbye?
Remember that you’re a temporary human companion for this animal. Some people find it hard to say goodbye when it’s time for the animal to be adopted (although usually the new owners will keep in touch and keep you up to date with photos and news).
- Do you have the time?
When it comes to the length of the foster adoption, different animals have different needs. Puppies need to be fostered until they’re adopted or at least 7 months. Kittens can move into the shelter once they’re 10 to 12 weeks old, or when they get spayed or neutered.
How to Foster an Animal with Foothills Animal Rescue
I’m ready to join. Please fill out the Foster Application and visit our Shelter and Adoption Center to further discuss the foster program with one of our staff members. You can also contact Marlene Miles, Adoption Center Director at: [email protected]
This life saving program is partially funded through a generous ASPCA Adoption Ambassador Grant.