Foster an Animal. Save a Life.
Provide Temporary Care for Animals in Need
Taking a foster animal into your home saves a life and helps give the animal a second chance to be the great family pet it longs to be. When you become a part of our Foster Program, you will receive a cat or dog from a county animal control department or shelter with lower adoption/higher euthanasia rates, or animals from the community that otherwise may end up in high-risk shelters.
GLBAS provides foster animals with needed veterinary care, so you will not be responsible for any veterinary costs associated with your foster animal. As a Foster Guardian, you will need to provide a home, food and daily care, and also agree to bring the foster animal to GLBAS-scheduled events and adopt-a-thons for exposure to potential adopters. Foster animals will be listed by GLBAS on Petfinder.com and other animal adoption sites for additional adoption exposure.
Once a potential home for a foster animal is found, GLBAS will review adoption applications, interview prospective adopters and even visit the prospective adopter’s home to ensure a good match between adopters and animals that will result in a life-long bond and a permanent home.
Foster Program FAQs
How do I become a Foster Guardian?
Potential Foster Guardians are asked to fill out our Foster Application, undergo a home visit and, if they currently own pets, a veterinarian check to make sure all pets are current on their vaccinations.
What animals need fostering?
Many highly adoptable animals are euthanized in county animal controls and shelters every year. Animals of all ages need more time to find a permanent home than the over-crowded animal controls and shelters allow. Out of these animals, the ones most in need are younger animals, such as puppies and kittens, who need a safe place to be with their mothers until they are old enough to be adopted, and animals with treatable medical conditions that need a quiet place to heal.
What does it cost?
Veterinary costs for foster animals are covered by GLBAS. The Foster Guardian is responsible for basic care items, such as food, bedding and toys.
What if I get attached to my foster animal?
When an animal lives in your home, it is hard not to get attached. Don’t worry! Becoming attached to your foster is a natural part of the fostering experience. GLBAS will do everything necessary to make sure that your foster animal goes to a loving forever home. If you decide to adopt your foster animal, we hope you will be able to continue to foster with us.
How long will I have a foster animal?
The average stay in a foster home is a few weeks to a few months, sometimes longer. Foster Guardians can help the process by taking their foster animal to scheduled events, training the foster in basic obedience and manners, and providing lots of pictures for online exposure. We are dedicated to finding forever homes for all of our foster animals as quickly as possible.