We are currently in need of foster homes to foster animals that are too young for adoption, pregnant, nursing, sick or have behavioral issues. Foster care is generally short term and is a very rewarding experience! Even if you don’t have a specific animal in mind, we are always accepting applications so we can build our foster care program in order to rescue more dogs and cats in need.
Foster homes provide an invaluable service to animals needing individualized care and socialization prior to being eligible for adoption. We provide all the basic supplies you’ll need to foster, as well as vaccinations and preventative treatments.
HSMC pets in the greatest need are:
Animals awaiting spay/neuter surgery.
Animals with special health needs, such as dogs with heartworms or those recovering from surgery.
Nursing puppies and kittens.
Anyone interested in becoming a foster is required to submit and application, have a home inspection sign and contract and USDA documentation. All animals in foster care are the legal property of the HSMC and do not belong to the foster family caring for them. Additional restrictions and requirements can be found in our contract. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected]
All fosters must be at least 18 years of age. The length of time an animal needs foster care depends on the needs of the individual animal, but typically ranges from 2 weeks to 3 months.
Foster to Adopt
Those animals in need of special care, such as a pregnant/nursing mother or medical attention, do much better in a home environment opposed the shelter environment. In situations such as these, many times our foster families find that their foster pet fits in quite well and show an interest in adopting their foster pet.
For fosters who care for the pregnant/nursing animals, we allow the opportunity for them to adopt either the mother or baby. Although we do allow the adoption of two kittens from the same litter, we will not allow the adoption of two puppies from the same litter due to “Littermate Syndrome“. Littermate Syndrome is not to be taken lightly, experienced dog trainers do not take on this task and the average pet owner should not either.
Unfortunately heartworm is a very real concern here in the southeast. We do rescue dogs knowing they have heart-worm, as this is not usually a concern when it comes to adoptability. There are many forms of treatment depending on the age and health of the dog in question. One thing which is required for all fighting this disease is that they remain free from stress and controlled exercise. Dogs who have heart-worms require a structured yet calm exercise plan. Even though they may behave as if they want to run a marathon, they are not allowed to, due to the heart-worm infestation. However, they do require daily walks and ways to burn off that pent up energy without putting their life in danger.
The best way to achieve this is by having them in a home environment where they can enjoy the company of humans and learn normal household behaviors at the same time. Many of our fosters actually apply to adopt our heart-worm positive dogs after the treatment period has ended. Others apply to foster to adopt. In these cases, the foster has already been approved to adopt the animal yet they foster the dog while undergoing the treatment process. At the end of treatment the foster family has the option of moving forward with the adoption or returning the dog to the rescue. There are many reasons as to why a foster to adopt does not work out and we are happy to assist in finding an appropriate fit for your family if you so choose.
For those interested in our Foster to Adopt program, please submit the Foster application along with an Adoption application.