We are in great need of foster parents and volunteers. Fostering can be done with no long-term commitment, and it is a very rewarding experience. It’s an easy and fun way to spend time with a cat or dog!
Click to download the Foster Care Questionnaire.
Cat fosters are needed for kittens (or moms and kittens) too young to adopt out; for cats needing medication or recovery time after a medical treatment; or for cats who just need a break from being in a cage. You can foster a cat for just a week, or you can have a litter of kittens from birth until they’re 3 months old. We’re very flexible. Some cats can interact with your own cats and dogs; others will do great if they stay in a separate room such as a bedroom.
Foster Q&A: about fostering a PACA cat or dog
Q: What if I get too attached?
A: We know that animal lovers create strong bonds with pets in their care. You will have the option to adopt the pet if that is the only route possible for you, but keep in mind, the more you adopt the fewer you are able to help in the long run. Many of our fosters become peaceful with letting their beloved fosters go because we are SO selective on where their new home will be. We want the level of care to remain consistent so you don’t have to feel that ‘leaving your house’ would mean any LESS in their quality of life.
Q: What if my foster animal gets sick?
A: PACA covers all medical for foster animals. If your animal becomes sick, contact your representative immediately and they will coordinate care thru pre-authorized medical facilities.
Q: What are my responsibilities as a foster parent?
A: We would like our foster homes to provide a loving environment with appropriate boundaries and limitations so as to create the most stable and peaceful experience for everyone involved. We will provide food if we have donated packages available; otherwise, we ask you to provide the food. The only other request is that you are available to transport the animal to any necessary vet appointments and to adoption clinic on Saturdays. If this is not convenient we can make other arrangements with PACA volunteers.
Q: Can I meet the new adopters?
A: Yes, as a foster parent you can be as involved or as un-involved as you feel comfortable with. If you would like to meet the potential adopters or accompany the PACA volunteer when they perform the home visit that can definitely be arranged. This helps fosters to be comfortable with the quality home their temporarily housed pets will ultimately occupy.
Q: What is the time commitment?
A: There is no contract or obligation on your part; however, the more fosters we have, the more lives we are able to save each year since we do not have a shelter facility. We request that you hold the foster animal until it gets adopted. At that point, it’s up to you if you want to take on another one right away, never again, or just take a little break.
Q: What if it doesn’t work out with the foster in my home or my own pets don’t get along with the new addition?
A: Rest assured, if you are encountering any problems with your foster animal we will make arrangements to pick it up immediately. We want fostering to be a positive experience for everyone involved, so you don’t have to feel obligated to keep a foster in your home if it isn’t working out.