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How you can Become a Foster parent

Foster parent’s guide


Becoming a foster parent is both very rewarding and a big responsibility. If you are ready to jump into the world of fostering, the first step will be to find a reputable organization. Contacting your local shelter is a great place to start! 

Each shelter will have its own requirements for a foster parent/family, which they will discuss with you. This conversation will help them match the right animal with the right foster parent, to ensure that it is a good match for everyone involved! 

Here are some questions to you might want to be prepared to discuss with the shelter or fostering organization:

  • Who will cover the financial costs of care for the animal, including: food, veterinary bills, and training expenses? 
  • Are you living circumstances likely to change over the next several months? If so, will you be able to continue caring for the foster pet?
  • Do you have other pets? What are their needs and would they be a good match for a particular foster pet? 
  • Who will pay if your foster pet causes damage to your own or someone else’s property – or even injures someone?
  • What is expected of you if new potential owners wish to come and meet your foster pet?
  • What happens if you wish to adopt your foster pet?
  • How long are pets typically in a foster homes?
  • Can you go on vacation with your foster pet?
  • What kinds of support does the shelter offer if you have any questions or need someone to talk to while fostering?

It is always good to find out what the shelters expectations are for foster families and whether there is a foster agreement covering the points discussed. A reputable shelter will ensure that you get all the support you need when you become a foster parent. 

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