How long do I Foster?
The duration of a foster stay varies with each cat and dog depending on the animal’s specific needs. Some animals may need to stay in foster care for a period of months while others may stay only a few days. Please let us know the time you may have to foster and we’ll ensure we match the right animal with you.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ANIMAL BECOMES SICK?
A foster animal remains NiSHA’s responsibility. If the animal becomes sick we ask that you consult NiSHA as soon as possible and, except in the case of an emergency, before seeking medical attention. NiSHA will meet the costs of all medical expenses.
WHAT IF MY CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE?
We welcome both long-term and shorter term fosterers. If you know that you can only offer a foster home for a short time, please let us know. If your circumstances change though, NiSHA will of course resume care for the animal.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME?
We ask only for your time and love in fostering an animal. All food, medical and supply expenses can be covered by the shelter, or donated by the foster parent.
What type of animal? Will it be sick or old?
Again this depends on our animals’ needs and of course your experience. Animals with extra needs require additional attention so please let us know about the time you have to foster or any relevant experience caring for very young or old animals.
DOES IT MATTER IF I HAVE CHILDREN OR OTHER PETS?
Again, this depends on each animal’s needs. If your family is willing to open your home to a foster animal, we will make sure it is a good fit for everyone. Prior to placing an animal in a home with other pets or children, we will arrange for an introduction to ensure the foster pairing is right for everyone. Some animals need a very calm and quiet environment and we would only place them in an appropriate environment.
WHAT IF WE WANT TO ADOPT THE ANIMAL?
Then just let us know! Assuming the animal is adoptable there will be a short adoption process (expedited for our fosterers) and an adoption fee to pay.
WHAT IF I WANT TO GO AWAY?
If you know you are likely to be away for periods of time, please keep this in mind and provide details when completing an application form. We are grateful for fosterers who can offer either long term placements or only shorter periods of time. We will place our animals in foster homes according to your availability.