BECOME A FOSTER
Fostering is an amazing way to help a shelter animal without committing to adopting.
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We’re saving more babies than ever, and one of the best ways for you to help is to become a foster. Fosters can watch infant puppies and kittens grow to adoption age, as well as older animals who need time to socialize or recover after medical procedures. Foster timeframes range from two weeks to two months. We provide you with all of the supplies you need, and we’ll work with you to tailor the timeframe and pets to your unique situation. Shelter animals go into foster homes for a variety of reasons including being too young to be in the shelter or just needing a break from kennel life. The shelter provides all necessary supplies to care for your foster animal along with all the training necessary to succeed.
After completing orientation, you’ll officially be eligible to take in foster pets. Our Lifesaving Coordinators put out pleas for pets in need of fostering through email and in our BVSPCA Fosters Facebook Group. When you’re ready, tell your Lifesaving Coordinator you can take in a pet or group of pets they’ve asked about!
- Cats and dogs that are too young for adoption
- Pregnant/nursing moms and babies
- Adult cats and dogs
- Stray dogs brought in from Delaware’s Office of Animal Welfare and BVSPCA’s Animal Protective Services Division in Chester & Delaware Counties
- Ill or injured stray cats or kittens
- Pets saved from neglectful or cruel conditions in their former homes
- Pets surrendered by their owners
- Pets transported to us from areas the country with more available animals than potential adopters
- Affection and proper socialization
- Physical and mental stimulation
Additionally foster families are expected to provide a safe and healthy environment for their foster pets, and must transport them to and from the shelter for veterinary treatment.