Be a Foster Parent
Is there a safe space in your heart and home for an angel? From time to time A Home 4 Ever Rescue receives special pets that need foster care until they are ready to meet their new families and go home to stay.
Maybe you can provide a safe haven with the love and care these little angels need.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is foster care important?
Animals are fostered for a variety of reasons. Some are too young for adoption, some need a home in which to recover after a medical procedure, some are pregnant or nursing, and some need more socialization. Foster families provide the love and stability these animals need to be happy and healthy, both mentally and physically. When an animal has been in a foster home, it is more confident and social; therefore it transitions into its new home with ease!
We have a limited amount of kennel space, so when foster families take in animals, they are also helping other animals by opening up a kennel. There are many animals in need, so the more animals we can take in the better!
How long will I be fostering an animal?
Generally, the foster time period ranges from 2-4 weeks. The time period can vary, however, depending on the needs of each pet. Sometimes though fostering can be a couple of months depending on the dog’s adoptability.
Considering your taxes? Don’t forget your foster pets!
Some of the expenses of fostering a pet for an adoption organization can be deducted as services rendered to a qualified 501(c)(3) organization. Things like pet food and supplies, veterinary bills, and even the paper towels you may need to clean up after your foster-furball can qualify as expenses for fostering a pet. There is a little bit of work involved but it is not complicated. Just like any other deduction, you just need documents to support the expenses. Read more about it here.
What will I be fostering?
We send orphaned puppies to foster homes when they are too young to be spayed or neutered. This is where they will receive the love and socialization that is so important in these early months. They are sent out in pairs or groups of three because it is very important for these little ones to have the company of their siblings.
Pregnant moms or Nursing Moms
Occasionally we get adult dogs that are pregnant. A shelter environment is very stressful for these expectant moms so it is very important for them to have a temporary place to relax, be comfortable and have their babies.
New moms, are always in need of quiet and relaxing foster homes. A shelter environment is very stressful for them. Typically, this is an easy foster. The babies are nursing for the first 3-4 weeks. Dogs need a quiet place and someone to take them out throughout the day.
Adult dogs in need of socialization
Some adult dogs do not do well in a shelter environment. They may just be scared or lack certain social skills. A couple of weeks in a loving home helps their self esteem and gives them the confidence they need to find a good home during the adoption process.
Dogs being treated for medical reasons
At times we have dogs who are being treated medically and are not ready to go up for adoption yet, they need a caring foster home to help them recuperate. When they are fully recovered, they will be ready to start coming to adoption events.
What is provided to foster parents?
A Home 4 Ever will provide you with all the supplies that you may need, including food, bowls, toys, crate, etc. as well as train you to care for your new foster animals.
Any medical needs, checkups or health issues will be taken care of through A Home 4 Ever Veterinarian.
If you have any questions regarding the foster care program or would like more information, please email Sherry at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested and want to get started, you can download this application.
You can drop it by our adoption event at the Costa Mesa PetSmart.
Or you can fax it to: 949-642-6290.
You may also mail it to:
A Home 4 Ever Rescue
427 17th Street Box 226
Costa Mesa,CA 92627