One of Georgia SPCA’s most critical needs is foster homes. Sometimes animals come to us and they are not able to be adopted right away because they are on medication, need to gain weight, are pregnant/nursing, or just need a little TLC. Foster homes are the best place to shelter these animals who need a few days or weeks of care prior to adoption in permanent homes. Questions about what's involved in fostering?? Contact Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she'll get back in touch.
To become a Georgia SPCA foster, fill out this online foster application. You will be contacted by our Foster Coordinator shortly after submitting your application. .
Foster pet situations that come up frequently are: 1) upper respiratory infections, common in shelter animals, 2) pregnant dogs or cats or ones with newborns, and 3) kittens or puppies that are too small for adoption. Other foster situations include an illness or injury (such as heartworm disease) that may require medicine in addition to a somewhat longer recovery period, or moving a momma dog or cat to a new foster home when it is time to wean the little ones (this actually makes the weaning process easier on everyone involved).
Animals might be brought in by individuals or other rescue groups and shelters, sometimes they are abandoned animals removed from a local animal control facility, and some come in as the result of a rescue operation.
We like to put newly arrived pets in foster care because they generally recover faster and better from the stress of their situation in a home environment. The length of time required in foster care is usually short, from a week to two months, depending on the animal and the situation.
The Georgia SPCA will supply food, cat litter for cats, crates, toys, medicine, and of course, veterinary care for any animals you foster.
Ready to foster? Fill out the online foster application here! Our foster coordinator will contact you within 2 business days to schedule a home visit. Home Visits are required by the Department of Agriculture for all foster homes. Once the Home Visit and the paperwork is completed, Morgan will work with Foster Families to determine which types of animals would be right for their home. Once you take a foster in to your home, Georgia SPCA staff is here for you 24/7 for any questions or concerns you may have.
Foster and Volunteer Jacques Boudreau is highlighted on our Volunteer Spotlight page.
Read about Jacques' experiences as a foster and why he continues to help us help so many of our fragile and young charges!