Volunteering as an animal fosterer is a very rewarding and ‘hands-on’ way to help animals in rescue.
As a foster carer you take on the day-to-day responsibility of looking after an animal until their new home is found.
Fostering not only helps rescues to save resources that might otherwise be spent on costly kennels and boarding facilities, it’s usually much more comfortable for animals to get some TLC in a home whilst waiting for their new families.
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General guidelines for fostering:
Any rescue you foster for should have some of their own guidelines for you to follow and every rescue will vary with their requirements. Here’s our basic guide to what is expected of animal rescue foster carers and important points to remember:
- Feed and water the animal appropriately (costs should be reimbursed by the Rescue should you need to ask for this)
- If the animal needs to be exercised then do so accordingly
- Animals should not be left alone for long periods of time
- Always be aware of emergency veterinary contact numbers and provide veterinary care should it be required. This includes vaccinations, worming, de-fleaing, neutering etc. Costs will be reimbursed by the rescue but you should always check with the rescue before taking a foster animal to the vets (unless it is an emergency and this is not possible)
- Never (ever, ever, ever!) breed from an animal you are fostering
- Rescues may remove the animal from your care at any time for any reason
- If an animal needs to move on to another foster home then it will be the responsibility of the rescue to do this as they need to know where the animal is going and do the appropriate checks on the new foster home
- DO NOT re-home the animal yourself. The animal is not yours to do so and will be re-homed with an agreement from the rescue that will need to be signed by the new adopters
- Whilst the animal is in your care it is not your responsibilty to pass the animal on to anyone else for any reason whatsoever unless requested to do so by the rescue
- Should an animal in your care die or become unwell then you need to inform the rescue immediately
- Rescues should provide appropriate insurance cover for the needs of the animal
- Before you can foster an animal you’ll need to have a homecheck
*Remember this is just a basic guideline. Rescues should provide more information of their policies when you offer to foster for them.