More than 1,600 animals each year are saved through the Foster Care Program.
Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.
The greatest foster needs are:
- Adult Dogs
- Momma cats with litters
- Orphaned kitten and puppies
Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and PAWS will custom-match the animals to each foster home. By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in the shelter.
The most common reasons animals require foster care are:
- Kittens and puppies who are too young to be spayed or neutered and adopted out into permanent homes. When the animals are eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds, they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.
- Cats or dogs who are nursing a litter of kittens or puppies. Although the shelter is a safe environment, it is not the best for raising babies.
- Cats or dogs who are being treated for injuries or illnesses.
PAWS provides: all veterinary care and medicine for foster animals, plus plenty of support to foster parent volunteers. Foster parent volunteers provide: time, pet supplies, such as cat litter, food, a place in their home and lots of love.