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The PAWS Foster Care Program is a critical component of our pet rescue program. It allows us to offer our pets the love and nurturing of a home while they wait for their new family to come along and adopt them.
We rely on Foster Care Volunteers to provide temporary homes for a variety of unique care needs, including: those who are too young for adoption, are recovering from illness or injury, need some one-on-one attention, or just a time-out from the Adoption Center.
If you would like to become a PAWS Foster Carer, the information below should give you a good idea of what is involved.
As a foster carer, your role is to welcome a pet (or pets) into your home and provide food, water, toys, and most importantly, lots of love. You will also need to:
Have the ability to transport your foster pet (or pets) to scheduled medical appointments, adoption events, training classes or PAWS locations.
Be willing to administer medications, special diets or continue in-home training.
Commit to foster for the agreed foster period.
PAWS is committed to providing you with the support you need for the duration of the foster period. We will provide all medical care and work with you so that you can administer any in-home care required for the pet. PAWS will also provide you with all of the food and supplies necessary for the proper care of your foster pet.
You must be 21 years of age or older to foster our animals. You must have reliable transportation to PAWS Rescue & Recovery Centre (Situated in Todmorden) and PAWS Veterinary Centre (Situated in Walsden). All resident pets in your home must be spayed or neutered.
You can still foster if you have a pet, but in many cases, especially with sick or injured animals, you must have the ability to isolate the foster animal in a separate room or section of your home to avoid exposure of an illness to your pet or disrupt the healing time of your foster.
Foster periods can vary from a few days to a few months depending on the type of foster you welcome into your home. For example, a young kitten may need to spend 2-3 weeks in foster while he grows strong enough for his vaccinations and surgery, while an injured dog recuperating from a surgery may need more time before he is ready for adoption. We will work with you closely to determine the best fit for you.
A PAWS representative will talk with you to establish your suitability for fostering and the type of pets you are interested in.
A PAWS representative will come to carry out a home visit to assess your homes suitability for different types of pets
That new pets introduced into your household may not settle immediately – time and patience is a must.
That you may become attached to the pet as sometimes the re-homing process can be a long one.