The mission of S.A.I.N.T’s Foster Program is to take pets that are homeless and care for them as if they were their own until adopted. The shelter or boarding environment can be extremely stressful. It is much more comfortable for them to stay in a home setting. They are able to get more individualized care in someone’s home. It also allows them to develop better socialization skills, brings out their
personality, uncovers their likes, and dislikes so they can be better matched to the right forever home. All this makes them a better adjusted, happy and healthy pet.
Being a foster parent saves lives!
While in foster care, all Vet care is paid for and food is provided by S.A.I.N.T. However, any trip to the Vet must be first approved by the S.A.I.N.T. Board. The foster provides shelter, transportation to and from Vet appointments, adoption events, training appointments and most important, provides plenty of love, patience and acceptance.
How long will I keep a pet?
It’s impossible to predict how long an animal will remain in foster care. Some pets are adopted very
quickly, others wait for a home. S.A.I.N.T. does not euthanize an animal for taking too long to be
adopted. Our animals stay with us for as long as it takes. If you cannot commit to this kind of
unpredictable and possible long term care, you might wish to help in other ways. Just as we ask our
adopters to never give up on their pets, we like to ask the same of our foster parents.
What if I get attached?
Getting attached to your foster is normal. After all, we do this because we love pets. The most common
question we are asked is how we can give them up if someone is found who wants to adopt? The
answer is simple. It saves lives! It is hard to say goodbye to a pet you have fallen in love with, but the
alternative is even sadder. You get the satisfaction of helping a previously lost and unwanted animal
find a loving forever home, which makes it all worthwhile.
Because you love them, sometimes the best thing for the pet is to let them go. It will also open your home up to foster another that may desperately need to be saved and put into foster care. The trick is to get attached with Velcro, not glue! If you do decide that you want to adopt your foster, that’s ok too! Foster parents can go through the adoption process and pay the adoption fee like any other adopter. The important thing is to do what is in the animal’s best interest.