Foster families are the lifeblood of this organization. We do not have a “rescue facility” so we rely entirely on individuals and families who are willing to open their hearts, homes and farms for a period of time. Our foster families treat foster animals as their own while we find a forever home. The individualized attention given by a foster family is much greater than what is possible in a shelter environment and allows the foster parents to work with the animal on training, trust and socialization. It is hard work but pays enormous dividends!!
There are few rules set in stone and decisions are made on an animal by animal basis. We ask that all small animals (dogs and cats) be kept indoors and we provide crates for dogs. For large dogs, we prefer that foster families have a fenced backyard. For farm animals, we will discuss options depending on the size of your barn, pasture, paddock, etc. Quarantine barns are desperately needed. Barbed wire is not acceptable under any circumstances. All veterinary bills are paid by the Network, and feed can be provided upon request.
If you would like to foster and learn more about fostering, please complete a Foster Application. We welcome the opportunity to meet and have you join our caring and supportive team.
Foster Q & A
Can I choose which animals I foster?
Yes. You can indicate exactly which types of animals you are willing to foster and you may even indicate breeds if you choose. You are never obligated to accept a request to foster.
How much will it cost to foster?
The Network will pay all veterinary bills for the animal in your care. We ask that foster families provide feed but exceptions can be made if necessary.
Will I become attached to my foster animal?
Absolutely. The animals in the Network have come from various bad situations and will become attached to you and the love that you will provide. You will become attached as well. But, the greatest feeling in the world is meeting a forever family interested in your foster animal and knowing that the match is perfect. We receive Christmas cards every year from the families of multiple animals that we have fostered, and seeing the pictures makes it all worthwhile!
Can I adopt my foster animal?
Yes. If a foster family decides to adopt, the adoption fee will still apply.
What if I encounter problems?
We are always available to help with problems, whether behavioral issues, health issues, or changes in your schedule that do not allow you to continue to foster.