Hello! If you’re here, you’re likely interested in helping out our rescue group. You may not know, but fostering for us is one of the best ways you can help!
When we get animals in to our rescue, they are never kenneled or booked in at a pet hotel, they immediately go into foster care. This means that every animal is living with one of our foster carer’s in their home as if they were their own pet. Treated just as they do their own cats and dogs, getting walks in the morning, fed nice healthy meals, and sleeping at the end of the bed at night (if that’s your thing). Besides this being the most feasible option for us currently, we believe that having animals in foster care allows us to tell prospective owners all about their new pets behaviour and personality because we live with them 24 hours a day. So, if you’re willing to open up your house and heart to a foster animal or two, here’s what you need to know before you start:
- You have to either own your home, or have permission from your real estate to have pets
- You must determine what you are able to foster: kittens, puppies, adult cats or dogs
- How long you are able to have foster animals for (we prefer people to keep the animals until adopted, but this isn’t always possible)
- If you already have pets, you have to ensure they are up to date on all their vaccinations, desexed and are free of any illness
- Your pets must also be willing to accept new additions
- Families should review their budget to make sure they have enough money to care for their foster animals, because, though we try and help with donations as much as we can, foster carers must pay for food, toys, and any little essentials to make the animals feel at home.
- Townsville Foster and Rehoming pays all vet bills and deals with all the adoption paperwork, but fosters may need to be home to help facilitate animal viewings when they are ready for adoption.
If you fit all this criteria and believe that your family is in a position to help us, please let us know! Also, if you’re considering getting a pet, fostering is a great way to know if your family is ready for a new addition.
If you want to move forward with fostering, please email us through the contact form below and we will get in touch as soon as possible with all the relevant information and paperwork.