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Foster a Pet | Dusty Paws Rescue

Fostering With Dusty Paws Rescue
We have a wonderful group of fosters who place the animals we rescue from the shelter, temporarily into their homes where they are cared for while they await their new permanent homes. For some animals, this is their first experience being loved and cared for and having a warm bed to sleep in at night. Once they are placed in a foster home, the foster parent(s) will care for the animal through adoption. Many fosters often have multiple animals at one time.
While in our foster program, the animals receive spay/neuter surgery, all vaccinations, micro-chipping and any additional medical care they require, no matter what the issue. 

All supplies are paid for or provided by Dusty Paws Rescue, however we welcome any supplies you wish to supply, such as food and toys, for your fosters.

Items provided:

  • Food
  • Toys
  • Bed
  • Crates
  • Blankets and/or warm clothing for the little guys
  • All veterinary medical bills

Why Should I Become A Foster?
As a foster parent, you are quite literally the lifeline for your foster animal. Without our fosters we wouldn’t have a place to house the animal until it got adopted, and the animal would most likely be euthanized in the shelter.

Fostering is also a wonderful opportunity for those not ready to commit to having a pet year round; or if you want to just ‘test the waters’ to see if you're ready to adopt your own furry companion.

Fostering is one of the most fulfilling and heartwarming experiences you can have. So many of our foster parents have seen a dog or cat go from being incredibly ill, through being nursed back to health and having an incredibly loving, happy life. There are few things in life that are more rewarding than that.

How To Become A Foster
All of our fosters go through an interview process, which includes a home visit. The following steps would need to be completed prior to placing an animal in the home:
  • Complete a Foster Application
  • We will conduct a telephone interview to discuss the details of what you're interested in fostering (dog/cat, large/small, etc.)
  • We will do a home visit to ensure your home is safe for an animal.
  • We will work together to find a dog or cat that meets your requirements.
There is no set time frame for how long you may have your foster. The length of time will be determined by how long it will take to get your foster adoptable, and how long it takes to find that perfect home.
During this time, we ask that you be available to bring your foster to at least one Adoption Day per month to help increase their chance at finding a home.

If at any time you decide that you cannot keep your foster anymore, we will do our best to find an alternate foster home. Please note that this can take a week or more, as many times our foster homes are full at any given time.
Temporary Fostering

If you are someone who enjoys traveling, or is only available to foster once in a while, we do have a need for temporary fosters. Temporary fosters are available to be a ‘layover’ home while we try and find a long term foster. We often have emergency situations where a foster home is needed right away while we find a long term foster home. Of course, we will provide everything outlined in the Fostering description above.
If you are interested in becoming a temporary foster, please complete a Foster Application and indicate that you are interested in temporary fostering. 

What If I Fall In Love With My Foster?
This is what we lovingly refer to as a Failed Foster – and we have all been there! If you decide that your foster pet is the perfect addition to your family, you can adopt the pet yourself. You will still be responsible for the adoption fee and will have to complete the adoption paperwork.

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