Thank you for your interest in fostering an animal for HomeComings Rescue! Fostering is an opportunity for you to forever change lives by providing abandoned animals a loving, temporary, home until they are adopted by their lucky forever family. Fosters allow our animals to go home to a loving family until they are adopted as opposed to another scary shelter, an environment they are all too familiar with. Because we do not have a shelter, fostering is vitally important to what we do. We can never have enough foster families. The more fosters we have, the more dogs and cats we can save – it’s as simple as that.
Below is the information you need to know before applying. Please read it carefully; if you are then interested in fostering with us, then please download the foster form at the bottom of the page, fill it out and email back to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then receive a call to answer any questions you may have and we will also schedule a home visit at that time.
1. All of our animals are pre-screened and vetted for health and behavioral issues. You will never be asked to foster an animal you are uncomfortable with.
2. Unless you prefer your own, we provide you with food, crates, treats, toys, litterboxes, litter - whatever you need. We cover all veterinary costs; you will never be asked to pay for a vet bill. The health of our animals is very important to us.
3. We ask that you make the commitment to foster the dog or cat in your home until they are adopted. Our animals were shelter animals that have already had too many scary and sad changes; having to move them to a different foster home is very difficult for them. If you need to take time off for travel or anything else, we ask that you give us at least two weeks notice and we will not put you on the schedule for that time period.
4. When you decide to foster a pet, we can only approximate the length of time we expect the pet to stay with you, but the majority of them are adopted within 1-4 weeks.
5. There will be occasions when we rescue a mother dog or cat and her babies. These animals are often not old enough to be put up for adoption and cannot be separated from their mother. (Minimum adoption age is eight/nine weeks old) It takes a special foster with experience in mothers and newborns to bring them home. We always hear what a particularly fulfilling experience this is!
6. QUESTION -
"I am worried that I will have a hard time letting go of my foster dog when the time comes".
From one awesome, experienced foster, who said it best:
"I never thought I could foster a dog. Honestly, I was afraid to do it. There were too many what ifs. What if the foster dog doesn't get along with my dogs? What if I grow attached and fall in love with the dog? What if the time commitment is too great?What if, what if. Coincidentally, at the time I started considering fostering, I was reading a book by Joyce Meyer, Living Courageously. In it, she talks about conquering your fears. “Do it afraid”, she said. Yes, I was afraid to be a foster. But then I thought, what is the worst thing that could happen? And what's the best thing that could happen? And that's when I knew. Even if I had to do it afraid, I knew I could do it because I would be saving the lives of these puppies- some literally within hours of being euthanized. There is an indescribable joy when you see a foster dog eating their first meal in your home, sleeping so soundly in a warm bed, going for a walk, learning a command. They learn to trust. They learn to love. It is an experience that truly fills my heart with so much joy that I think it might burst! I never thought I could do it. Maybe that is you, too. If you don't think you can do it, ask yourself why. What is the worst thing that could happen? And what is the best? I'll tell you what it is. You get love and you give love. And there is nothing better than that." K.Aljundi
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