Pet Foster Home Guidelines


Process to become a foster home:

If you are considering taking on the rewarding and incredibly helpful task of fostering a homeless animal for S.A.I.N.T., you should carefully review the following guidelines, in addition to the Foster Agreement you will be asked to sign.

Foster parents and families form the backbone of the work we do. We cannot exist as a rescue if people are not willing to bring needy animals into their homes while we search for permanent homes for them. Fosters have our undying gratitude and our deepest respect and admiration. There are never enough foster homes to go around, so each is precious to S.A.I.N.T. and the animals we are trying to save.

To make your fostering experience as positive as possible for you, your family and your furry charge, please commit the following to memory before bringing him/her home:

    1. Arrange to introduce the new animal to your own pet(s), if you have them, outside on neutral territory. Once inside, it is best to situate the foster animal in a crate at first, and introduce him/her gradually to other household members. Do not try to make the foster an immediate part of your family. Let him/her settle into the new place, and help him/her learn the rules of the house as soon as possible. Never let the foster take over and place your own animals at risk or under stress.
    2. Use a training collar to walk a foster so he/she cannot slip from the collar and run off. A dog can easily slip out of a flat collar, which should be worn for identification purposes only. The training collar should be used only for walking and training and should be removed after the session. Keep the training collar attached to the leash at all times. If you need instructions on how the collar is to be worn, please check with an experienced volunteer.
    3. If you find prospective adopters for your foster on your own, please make them aware of the application process, as well as the S.A.I.N.T. requirements and adoption donation. S.A.I.N.T. screens applicants very carefully. First, the written application is evaluated. Then a veterinary check is made for all animals the prospective adopter owns or has owned. If the application and vet check are good, a home visit is scheduled. If the adoption is finally approved, a contract is signed, and an adoption fee is paid by the adopters.
    4. Before taking a foster animal, ask about the animal’s breed, age, gender, temperament, behavior, and why he/she is in need of adoption. Find out to the best of your ability if he/she is a stray, from a shelter, a private give-up, a victim of abuse or neglect, etc. Remember that not every prospective adopter is approved, and sometimes other applications may be pending. Some animals are more popular than others and can have multiple applications. Others must wait for that special someone. But they all find homes, sooner or later, if we work together.
    5. Never turn over a foster to someone who claims it is his/her lost pet without irrefutable proof, and even then, the circumstances of the pet’s loss must be carefully evaluated before any action is taken! This person could be mistaken, or he/she could be deliberately trying to mislead you. The animal could have been removed from his/her former home for all kinds of reasons. The claimant could well have mistreated the animal. Immediately report such claims to S.A.I.N.T., and we will investigate.
    6. If necessary, S.A.I.N.T. can lend you a crate, a collar and/or leash. Whenever you transport an animal, make certain you have him/her on a leash, with a secure training and flat collar.  Confine all animals being transported in vehicles either with harnesses or in crates. This may not seem like the best choice for the animals, but it is essential for your safety and theirs. Accidents can and do happen when animals are loose in the car. People and animals can and do die.
    7. Foster families are asked to provide love and some training to their foster animals. The S.A.I.N.T. organization will provide food and medical care if/when needed.
    8. Be very familiar with the regulations and policies of S.A.I.N.T. Most of all, remember that no one can be approved until their application is deemed acceptable, the vet check is satisfactory, and a home visit is completed – in that order. If the adopters are approved, the adoption contract must be signed – by all the adopter(s) and a S.A.I.N.T. representative – with all information carefully filled out. If there are particular issues to be disclosed about the animal – like health or temperament concerns, or specific vetting arrangements agreed to take place after the adoption – an Addendum signed by all parties involved must accompany the Adoption Contract. Adopters must pay the non-refundable fee to S.A.I.N.T. either before taking possession or upon taking possession of the animal.
    9. Questions, concerns, comments, ideas should be directed to S.A.I.N.T.

Disclaimer: S.A.I.N.T. reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a foster for any reason. The final decision on all fosters is up to the vote of the board of directors.

Apply To Be a SAINT Foster HERE

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