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How to Help: Foster ParentsFoster Parents are volunteers who are willing to provide temporary, in-home care for dogs, cats and their offspring. You provide the love, and we’ll provide the critters. Foster Care is a most rewarding and fulfilling program that helps save the lives of animals that might not otherwise have a chance.

Generally speaking, kittens and puppies are the animals most in need and are often placed in a foster home until they are at least eight weeks old and meet a weight requirement of two pounds. Once the age and weight requirements are met, the animals are returned to SVACA and put up for adoption to forever homes.

At times, special needs animals who have behavior or medical conditions may need to be in a foster home where they can thrive in a quieter and more private setting. These animals typically remain in foster care and are not returned to the center for adoption but instead are adopted directly from a foster home.

Who would make a good foster parent?

Anyone who loves animals and is willing to donate their time, providing lots of tender love and care.

What are the requirements?

In order to be a foster parent, you must be over 18 years of age, and have an extra room in your home (so you can keep the foster animals separate from your other animals). Your current animals must be up to date on their shots. In addition, you need approval from all the adult members of your household. Your property owner or homeowners association will be contacted to find out about their pet policy.

Complete an application and fax, scan or mail it to us. Your application will be reviewed and you'll be contacted to attend an orientation. Together, we'll then decide what type of animal you'll foster. When the need for a foster home arises, you'll be contacted.

What costs are involved?

Your daily responsibilities are to provide a clean safe environment for your fosterlings. In an effort to keep foster parent costs to an absolute minimum, SVACA provides food and approved veterinary care, but you may need to acquire incidentals such as a crate in which to keep foster kittens safe and secure.

What happens to the animal after I return her?

We understand that it may be hard for a foster parent to return fosters because of emotional attachments. Please know that it was YOU that made this animal available for adoption and that the SVACA staff will do their best to find a suitable, permanent home. We do ask the foster care provider to share their observations and experiences with the animal in order to help us match the needs of the companion animal with the desires of the new family. If you or someone you know wants to adopt your foster animals, all animals must be adopted through our regular adoption process.

Please contact us at (408) 764-0344 if you have any questions.

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Last updated: 1/22/2014 11:11:47 AM