Foster with SAAR
Open Your Home – Fostering Saves Lives!
At the core of SAAR’s mission is the priceless dedication of our Foster Families, who are crucial in nurturing animals through times of injury, stress, or need. These families provide a sanctuary, offering the warmth of a temporary home until a forever family arrives. As a Foster Family, you’ll have the joy of welcoming a pet (or pets) into your life, ensuring they are well-fed, watered, entertained, and abundantly loved!
The Importance of Foster Homes for Animals
There are numerous circumstances in which a cat or dog might find a foster home beneficial:
- They may be shy or nervous creatures requiring socialization or a tranquil setting to unwind.
- They could be nursing mothers in need of a secure environment where she and her young can thrive.
- They might be orphaned neonates who require constant care.
- They could be vivacious dogs in search of an active setting for play and exercise.
- They may be recuperating from illness or injury, or healing post-surgery, whether it’s a routine procedure or something more complex.
- They might need training or behavioural adjustments.
What does fostering a cat or dog involve?
Fostering involves bringing a cat or dog into your home and providing them with care, love, and support until they are adopted. This includes feeding, socialising, basic training, and sometimes administering medication.
How long will I foster an animal?
The fostering period can vary greatly, from a few weeks to several months, depending on the animal’s needs and how quickly they find their forever home.
What if I fall in love with my foster pet?
Foster families often do form a bond with their foster pets. If you decide you can’t part with your foster and wish to adopt, you’ll need to go through the standard adoption process.
Will fostering cost me anything?
SAAR covers all expenses, including veterinarian expenses, food, toys, and other day-to-day supplies.
What happens if the animal has medical issues while I'm fostering?
SAAR will take care of any medical issues. Foster families are provided with guidance on how to handle emergencies and whom to contact.
Can I foster if I have pets of my own?
Yes, many foster families have pets. It’s important that all animals are properly introduced and that your own pets are up to date with vaccinations.
What support will I receive as a foster carer?
SAAR provides full support to foster families, including training, advice on care and behaviour, and a dedicated contact for any questions or concerns.
How do I become a foster carer?
To become a foster carer, you’ll need to fill out an application form, (see below) after which you’ll be invited to an orientation session to learn more about the responsibilities and rewards of fostering.
Can I foster if I work full-time?
Yes, you can foster while working full-time, provided you can give the animal the attention and care it needs before and after work.
What if I can no longer foster the animal?
If circumstances change and you can no longer foster, SAAR will find a new foster home for the animal. We ask for as much notice as possible to ensure a smooth transition.