Foster Care FAQ's
What types of animals are
placed into foster care?
Animals that are not yet ready for adoption are
placed into foster care. They may have a minor illness,
may be too young or may be recovering from an injury.
We also send animals that need socialization or
some basic training. The program includes dogs,
cats and rabbits.
Can I foster if I
have pets of my own?
Yes, you may foster animals if you have companion
animals of your own. Foster animals will need to
stay separated from your animals to reduce the risk
of disease transmission. WHS provides food, medication
and veterinary care for foster animals, but not
for your own animals should they become ill. Routine
vacinations and simple precautions are usually all
that are needed to keep everyone safe.
What if I only want
to foster a particular type of animal, such as kittens?
Volunteers may specify which type of animal will
best suit their experience and circumstances. Some
caring people are willing and able to take in a
mom and litter of puppies or kittens. Every home
I am away from home
sometimes. Is this okay?
A reasonable amount of time to be away from an adult
animal or litter of kittens on a regular basis is
8 hours. Young puppies, ideally, should be let outside
at 4 hour intervals. Medications are normally given
two to three times daily and can easily be scheduled
around work or other commitments.
should I do to prepare space for a foster animal?
Animals need a quiet, warm and safe space. Dogs
should be crated when they are left alone. Cats
should have a room with a comfortable place to sleep,
food, water and a litter box. Plants, electrical
cords, and other hazards should be made inaccessible
to all animals.
What happens during
the home visit?
The home visit allows an experienced foster home
volunteer or WHS staff member to evaluate the space
you will be using for the foster animals. They will
help you understand how to best keep your own animals
healthy. The volunteer will thoroughly explain the
program, including expectations, health and medical
issues, animal behavior and training techniques.
The home visit is a great time to have your questions
Isn't it hard to
say goodbye to foster animals?
Part of the joy of fostering is knowing that the
animal will get a great new family that will truly
benefit from your efforts. And, if you get lonesome,
there will always be another animal that needs your
If you would like to
become a Volunteer Foster Parent, click
here to fill out an on-line foster application.
You can also call or email
our Volunteer Coordinator, at (414)431-6103
with any questions.