of the animals we take care of end up in foster homes. Among them are sick
animals, puppies and kittens. In foster homes they can receive the care and
attention they deserve. Many of our members volunteer their time and money to
take care of these homeless creatures. Some of them have their homes filled
with many visiting foster cats and dogs, so needless to say there is always a
need for more loving homes where we can temporarily board our animals.
Before you take in a foster
animal, make sure are prepared to do this. You may need to isolate the animal
since it may be infected with a contagious disease. The last thing you want is
for your own pets to end up ill or infected! Care must also be taken when
placing animals together because of social issues - they need to work out
dominancy in their own way. Let them get used to each other very slowly.
Remember also that you may
develop a close bond with the foster animal. The question I am asked most often
is, "How can you give them up and take them to their new homes? Isn't it hard?"
Of course, it is! We often get very attached to our foster pets. But the real
reward of fostering is helping the animals. They get a chance they might not
have had - and though it is hard to give them up, by doing so, we can bring
more home. This way the void in our hearts will be filled by the love for yet
another suffering animal that will come into our home. And fostering animals in
our homes frees up space for more animals in the shelters. By providing a needy
animal with a loving home environment, you too can help an animal become more
suitable for adoption into a responsible, lifelong home.
If you are
interested in fostering animals in your home, please contact us at
email@example.com or complete the foster questionnaire
and mail it back to us . Someone will be in contact with you
shortly after receiving the completed application.
Form is in Microsoft Word format
(.doc) or Adobe PDF format
Foster Questionnaire- DOC (.doc - 58kb)
Foster Questionnaire- PDF (pdf - 93kb)
and most convenient way to send the completed form to us:
Download the DOC (.doc format), fill in the blanks on your
computer (add your name or initials to the document name), and e-mail the form
back to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
may also print the form, complete it by hand and mail it to:
Adoption League - SC
P.O. Box 2453
Rock Hill, SC 29732
To My Foster Mom (or Dad)
There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.
- Author Unknown