A.D.O.P.T. pays for any necessary medical treatment the foster pet may require while under your care as well as the State of Illinois license fee if you don’t already have one. If your foster animal does need medical care, you will be asked to transport it to one of our veterinarians. A.D.O.P.T. appreciates it if you are able to provide the food, but if necessary, we will provide it. We will also supply a crate/carrier and other supplies as needed.
Not necessarily. Many foster family members are employed outside the home and still provide a quality environment for the cat or dog. We do require that any time you are unable to directly supervise the foster animal, they must be confined to a small, secure area, preferably a training crate. For cats or kittens a small room, bathroom or bedroom, is preferred for them to stay in while you’re away. This results in a safe secure place for the cat and dog and also protects your home and possessions.
The foster stay varies with each cat and dog depending on the animal’s specific needs. Animals with special needs may need to stay in foster care for a period of months. Some may stay only a few days. It really depends on the individual cat’s or dog`s situation.
In most cases, it’s fine if you already have a cat and/or dog, as long as your pet and the foster pet are both healthy and well behaved around other animals. If you foster kittens they will need to be kept in a separate room away from your other pets. Prior to arranging any foster home, an introduction will be done between your current animals and the animal we need to have fostered in order to ensure it will be a fit for the whole family.
We will tell you about the animals that are in need of foster homes and you can let us know your preference. If we feel that the animal is a good match for your home we will set you up as a foster home. We do our best to place an animal that fits your lifestyle. If you live in an apartment, you can ask for or an older animal who is low energy or a cat or dog in medical recovery who needs to be kept quiet. If you are an active family, you can ask for a dog who needs lots of walks and plenty of exercise. If someone in your family is comfortable working with dogs, they can help with some basic obedience or teach him some tricks.