What steps do I need to take to become a foster parent?
To start the process to become a foster parent, we ask you fill out our foster application found on our website. Or ask an ECHS staff member for an application. We will also supply you with a booklet on fostering for ECHS and we ask you read that thoroughly prior to applying. You can bring your application in person to the shelter or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If I have other pets at home, will I still be able to foster?
Yes. We would be surprised if you didn’t have other pets in the home actually! We do insist that your pets are up to date on their vaccines prior to bringing a foster dog or cat home. This is for the safety of your pets and the foster pets as well. Besides vaccines, we ask that your dog has been heartworm tested and on preventative. For cats, we ask that they have been feline leukemia/FIV tested within the last year.
What does ECHS pay for and what do I pay for?
Because the foster pet is technically ECHS property, we provide all veterinary care for your foster pet. We can also provide the basic needs for these pets such as food, leash/collar, crates, carriers and toys.
How long will I have my foster pet?
Time will vary from pet to pet. We ask for a minimum foster commitment of 2 weeks but it can be longer depending on the reason this pet has gone into foster. For instance, some health issues cannot be sorted out in 2 weeks. ECHS staff will let you know in advance if it will be a longer term foster. If for any reason the foster is not working out in your household, please call the shelter to make an appointment to return your foster pet. This may take 1-2 days to make room for an early return so please be patient with us.
What if I want to adopt my foster pet?
Yes, that is certainly allowed. That is what we “lovingly” refer to as a foster failure – and all of us at ECHS have been foster failures too! You will still be asked to go through the regular adoption procedure and pay the adoption fee. Please talk to an ECHS staff member if and when you are ready to make your foster pet a permanent member of your family.
I’m in – what is next?
Once ECHS staff has your foster application, it can take 1-2 weeks to process. Sit back, relax and we will be in contact with you as soon as we can. We will call or email you with more information, available foster pets and the next steps on your way to becoming a foster home for Eaton County Humane Society!