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Foster Care Makes a Difference

Hill Country SPCA is desperately seeking qualified foster homes. Every day we receive calls from people within our community who have found an animal or are no longer able to care for their pets. Since HCSPCA is a non-kill facility and we never euthanize to make room for another animal, we are sometimes unable to bring in these animals.

The solution to this problem is Foster Care for Pets. The more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save. As a foster care volunteer, not only will you be providing a pet with the one-on-one attention it so desperately needs, you will be giving yourself a chance to see what it would be like to have a companion without the permanent commitment.

Become a foster parent? Choosing to be a foster parent is a serious undertaking. It will change your routine and your own companion animals will need to be okay with it. Fostering is a very rewarding experience for everyone involved. Not only do foster parents nurture and care for their charges, they really share the experience with the animals. Becoming a foster parent can be rigorous, but it is always rewarding!

 

Things to Consider

There are a number of things you should consider and discuss with the rest of your family prior to fostering:

Will you have time to spend with your foster animals?  Most of the animals needing foster care will be in great need of quality time and handling.  You should spend one to two hours a day minimum.  Animals recovering from illnesses, injuries, or surgeries will require medication, physical therapy, and/or rehabilitation.  Also, you will need to pay attention for signs of illness or worsening of symptoms.

Do you own animals?  Keep your foster animals isolated from your pet(s) for the first 10 days.  We do our best to inform you of any known potential problems, but the majority of these animals come from unknown backgrounds.  Keeping your foster animals in a separate room that has no carpet works best.  All resident pets should be current on vaccinations that protect them from diseases.  Before you start fostering, consult with your veterinarian to make sure that your pets have received the preventative treatment they need.

Do you have time to clean up after your foster animals?  Young animals are usually busy doing one of four things:  eating, sleeping, playing, peeing/pooping.  They are messy!  You will need to keep their environment clean, which could require several cleanings a day.

Consider Crate Training?   In the wild, dogs live in dens.  This is their safe place that provides them protection from predators and the elements.  For our domestic dogs, the crate becomes the den.  It provides the puppy with a safe, secure space that is their own.  The crate is not a cruel jail cell but a substitute den.  Puppies will not soil in their sleeping area if they can avoid it.  The crate can be used for housebreaking a puppy but once it is an adult, you will probably be able to leave the door open all the time.  Many pets will continue to use the crate throughout their lives.  Puppies that are crate trained also have fewer behavior problems.  Hill Country SPCA can provide you with some additional information on crate training or you can find a lot of helpful information online.

Will you be emotionally prepared to return the animals back to Hill Country SPCA after the foster period is up?  For some, this is the hardest thing to do.  It’s easy to become very attached to your foster animals.  Be prepared for some tears, but know your effort has made this animal more suitable for adoption into a permanent home. 

Can I keep the pet I foster?  Yes, you usually can.  It is only natural to become attached to a pet you take care of and nurture.  We suspect that this is one of the reasons that foster homes are in short supply.  If you do become inseparably attached to a foster pet, and if your foster pet has not already been adopted.  You must go thru the regular adoption process.  If a friend or relative wants to adopt your foster animal, they must follow our adoption procedures as well.

What about expenses?  Hill Country SPCA will provide all basic medical services that can be provided by our staff or by an approved veterinary clinic on rare occasions.  We ask that the foster parent provide, shelter, food, water, bed, and lots of love.

On-line you can find numerous sites that offer advice and tips to care for animals.  We have made available some tips on how to care for Neonatal Kittens and Neonatal Puppies.


Foster Care Application

Still interested? To become a foster parent for dogs or cats, please download and fill out our Foster Care Application ---- PDF version -- Word version

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Return completed foster care application to:

Hill Country SPCA
2981 S. Highway 16
Fredericksburg, TX 7824
Phone: 830-990-9085

Remember…together we can make a difference!

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We spend more than $50 a month to provide food, shelter, and medical attention for each animal in our care.

If you would like to help us, please visit Help the Animals to make a secure online donation.

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Remember…. It’s all about the animals!

The Hill Country SPCA
2981 South Highway 16
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
(830) 990-9085