Foster care can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. All of our foster families have first “dibs” when it comes to adoption if one becomes attached to a foster animal. Fostering also offers a great service to our organization. Many of our foster animals are foster animals because WAHS, although a great environment for cats and dogs, may not be the best environment for the given animal (examples below). When applying to become a WAHS foster home, understand that we do not always have an immediate need for foster families. However, if a foster opportunity arises we will contact our approved foster homes as needed. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become a foster person for WAHS, one needs to fill out a foster application and be approved. An application can be found in our office during open hours or downloaded, printed, filled out and turned in to our office.
Application: PDF Format
Landlord Form (required for renters): PDF Format
Our greatest need is always foster homes for kittens. Generally, we only need foster homes for kittens during the Spring and Summer since kittens usually do not come to WAHS in high numbers any other time of the year. Kitten foster homes are a great benefit to WAHS and to the kittens. Because of the number of cats we have in our building, WAHS can be a pretty dangerous place for kittens. They are very susceptible to diseases that adult and juvenile cats can have without showing the signs of the disease. The amount of time kittens need to be fostered varies from one to the other depending on their age. WAHS does not adopt out kittens until they are at least 8 weeks old so that the kitten can receive his/her first round of shots before going to a new home.
The reasons for puppies to go into foster are the same as our reason for kittens; however, we also do not want young puppies growing up in what can be a stressful environment for them in our kennels. With puppies it is VERY important to their development that they stay with their litter-mates and mom for their first 7 to 9 weeks but do not stay with the group for too long as well. Like kittens, the timeline for foster care varies quite a bit depending on the puppy(-ies) in question.
Older/Special Needs Animals:
WAHS would prefer that our older or special needs animals be adopted into a “forever” home. However, their are situations in which foster care may be the best available situation for an animal. In these situations, foster care may be more long-term depending on the situation of the animal than it would be with puppies or kittens. Fostering a special needs or older animal is just as rewarding, just as beneficial to the animal, and just as important to WAHS.