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FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED!​​

We are seeking dedicated foster parents for shelter animals that are not quite ready for adoption or require medical treatment due to upper respiratory infections. We provide the supplies, you provide the love!

​FOSTER PARENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be a Palm Beach County resident and able to show proof of residency.
  • You must be able to provide current rabies vaccine certificates and Palm Beach County license tags for ALL cats and dogs in your home.
  • Your community/HOA/Landlord must allow you to have animals (breed/size) in your home.
  • You must keep your personal pets separate from your foster pet.
  • You must be willing to make a minimum 3-week commitment to foster.
  • You must be willing to commit and be on time for weekly foster re-check appointments.
  • You must have access to email as this is our primary means of communication.
  • You must be able to pick up your foster within 24 hours of confirmation from the foster team.
  • You must report medical and behavioral issues to the foster and/or clinic staff immediately.      **Foster pets often have a history of which Animal Care & Control is unaware. ​

Fostering Kittens

In most states, kitten season begins in spring and lasts through early winter. In sunny South Florida, it can last almost year round. Cats start reproducing and continue to have several litters during this time causing a massive influx of kittens in shelters. Kittens need loving foster homes to care for them until they reach 2 lbs at which they can be spayed/neutered and adopted into their forever home.  ​

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THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE FOSTERING KITTENS:

  • Are you willing to spend quality time with your foster kittens?
  • Are you willing to monitor your foster kittens closely for any medical issues that may arise?
  • Are you willing to monitor your foster kittens closely to ensure they are eating and gaining weight?
  • Are you willing to weigh your foster kittens daily and keep a daily weight journal? 
  • Are you willing to keep your foster kittens in an enclosed space like a small bathroom?
  • Are you willing to thoroughly disinfect this area to prevent cross-contamination between foster kittens?
  • Are you willing to keep your foster kittens separate from your personal pets in your home?
  • Are you emotionally prepared to return your foster kittens once able to be adopted into their forever homes?
  • Are you emotionally prepared if your foster kittens become ill?
  • Are you able to contact our clinic in the event of a medical emergency with your foster kittens?​


Fostering Dogs

We are also in need of medical fosters for large dogs that have come down with CIRD/Kennel Cough (Upper Respiratory Infection aka Doggie Cold). The most common symptoms of CIRD are dry cough, hacking, and discharge from eyes/nose. CIRD is highly contagious to other dogs. Typically, the treatment is for 10 days and dogs recover better when outside of the shelter environment.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE FOSTERING A DOG WITH CIRD:

  • Are you willing to keep your foster dog separate from your personal pets in your home?
  • Are you willing to keep your foster dog separate from other dogs in your neighborhood during walks?
  • Are you willing to provide oral medication daily?
  • Are you willing to monitor your foster dog closely to ensure they are responding to their medication?

​Ready to make a difference? Please click the PAW below to sign up! ​

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Foster parents provide temporary housing, care, and love for a kitten, cat, or dog until they are ready for a home. The joy you will experience when one of your foster pets find a loving home far outweighs the little bit of heartbreak in letting them go.

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Foster parents can be any age! Students can even earn volunteer hours being a foster parent.
 
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE FOSTERING:

  • ​Most pets needing foster parents are neonatal kittens, adult cats, and adult dogs. Puppies and dogs under 35 lbs are typically sent to rescue shortly after arriving at our shelter.
    • Your community/neighborhood HOA (or landlord if renting) allow the breed and size of dog you're intending to foster.
    • If the dog or cat that you are fostering is a healthy adoption-approved pet (we will let you know), please actively seek placement for him/her by promoting him/her.
    • We are not fostering dogs at the moment.
  • You must be a Palm Beach County resident and be able to show proof of residency.
  • ALL of your dogs & cats in your home must be current on their Rabies vaccines and Palm Beach County license tags. *Personal pets must be kept separate from your foster pet.
  • Foster pets often have a history of which Animal Care & Control is unaware. You must report medical and behavioral issues to the foster coordinator and/or clinic staff immediately.
  • We ask that you make a 2 week to 2-month commitment to foster.
  • Please be on time for foster re-check appointments, which may be as frequent as every two weeks.

​​If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, click the paw!​​ ​

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KITTEN SEASON IS BACK

It's that time of year again.  Will you become a Hero and help us save precious lives?

Litter of Kittens Kitten season is the time of year when mother cats give birth to large litters of kittens. Moms and kittens began pouring into our shelter, and this year we need to make a difference. We want to save as many lives as possible, and to do that, we need your help! Many of these kittens are separated from their mother for numerous reasons and they will not survive without our help.

We need more foster parents to temporarily take care of our kittens. We have kittens of all ages from those that need to be bottle fed to older kittens who simply need a loving home to gain a few pounds before they can enter our adoption program. We provide all supplies!
 
You can be a Hero Foster Parent to a mom and her babies, a kitten, or a cat in need. They all need our care and help!

Please reach out to your family and friends who may be interested in fostering kittens in their loving home.

RESOURCES FOR FOSTER PARENTS 

Determining a Kitten's Age

Foster Caregiver Manual

Bottle Feeding Kitten (Video)

Weaning Bottle Kittens onto Solid Food (Video)

Bathing Kittens (Video)

Stimulating KIttens to Urinate and Defecate (Video)

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