What does it cost to foster? ACA asks that our fosters provide food and litter for their fosters. This keeps our costs down and is typically easier for the foster family as their foster animal can eat whatever food they are already feeding their personal animals. We do welcome donations of food and litter, and those are made available to fosters on a first come, first serve basis.
What if I want to keep my foster? Foster families get the first rights to adoption on their animals. We ask that you let us know as soon as you decide to keep your foster animal, and the decision to keep the animal must be made by the day the animal is spayed/neutered. In the case of highly coveted animals, such as puppies or purebreds, we may ask you to make a decision sooner, as many of these types of animals are pre-adopted before they are fixed.
How long do I usually have my foster animal? This is a difficult question to answer. There are some longer cases, an animal needing lots of medical treatment for example, or shorter cases like a younger kitten or puppy.. Adult cats and black pit bull-type dogs tend to be longer term fosters. We suggest you plan on a month of fostering for your average dog, and two months for an average cat. Remember that kittens and puppies must be 8 weeks before they are able to be adopted out, and must stay in their foster home until that time.
Can I short-term foster? Of course! We are always looking for fosters to take on animals while regular foster homes are on vacation, or a simple over-night for animals that need to be at veterinary appointments the next day. Fill out our foster application and note your preference, we will keep you in mind for these situations!