Members of the community can foster pets in their home, providing a safe place for animals to heal, grow, and develop outside of a shelter environment. Both short-term and long-term foster opportunities are available. The first step in becoming a foster is to review the Foster Parent Position Description and fill out our Foster Parent Application (also below). Our Foster Coordinator will be in contact with next steps within a few days. Please note that fostering is only available at the Sanford shelter.
You can follow some of our current fosters on Instagram (these accounts are not managed by Pet Alliance staff): @Orlando.Kittens, @PuppyFostering, @OrlandoKittenMom, @OrlandoSmittenKittens , @smorepuppies , @stevesfosterpups
What Type of Pets Need Fostering?
Puppies and kittens are our most common foster need as they must be 2 months and 2-3 pounds before they are available for adoption.
Pets who have heartworm disease, other sicknesses that are being treated, are recovering/scheduled for intense surgery or need behavior modification outside of the shelter environment need fostering as well.
What Are the Financial Responsibilities of Fosters?
All food, litter, toys, treats, collars, leashes, bowls, and any medications or treatments are provided by the Pet Alliance, pending inventory. There are times the foster home may have to purchase items for an animal in their care. This is considered a donation to the Pet Alliance and we are happy to provide an acknowledgment.
Any medical treatment is provided by the Pet Alliance, as long as the pet is brought to one of our veterinary clinics. We do not reimburse for treatments provided at private veterinary clinics. If you have any pets of your own, we ask that they be up to date on vaccines. You will also need an area of your home to be able to isolate your fosters from personal pets when necessary. If personal pet contracts an illness from a foster pet, we will not cover the expense to treat your pet(s).