A highly rewarding experience without a lifetime commitment!
Every animal VHS rescues usually enters a foster home while we look for its permanent home. This model of animal rescue leads to happy dogs and cats, and happy new pet families. This is because while in a foster home, an animal can relax and live in a normalized home environment. And with your observations and input, we can assess the animal accurately and make sure it gets into the right forever home. Foster homes are vetted via an application process, much the same as our adoption process.
Fostering is a vital link in the rescue and adoption process
The animal assessment process within foster homes is vital to long-term success and helps ensure that animals are not later returned. Why? For example, not all dogs are great with kids or cats. But they might make a terrific, affectionate lap dog for a retired person. Or not all cats can live with other cats. But some can. Some dogs are great with families but need regular exercise that an elderly person can’t give them. You can tell us this! Once we have your accurate picture of the “the real animal”, via a foster home, we can successfully match an animal with a forever home that understands its true nature and needs.
What’s in it for you?
First of all, we cover your foster pet’s food and medical expenses while in your care. Most importantly, fostering isn’t a lifetime commitment — it’s a commitment to saving a life. We find many people love animals but can’t or don’t want the permanent responsibility. Fostering is a way to bring an animal into your life, to give love, and to receive the love and joy that most animals are dying to give you! While it’s sometimes hard to give them up once you’ve formed a bond, it’s very rewarding to know they are going to a permanent home and that you have helped them get there. And we always have another wonderful being for you, if you wish to keep fostering.
Right now, VHS is actively seeking foster homes for dogs. We have an easier time finding foster homes for our smaller animals, but the big guys are just as much fun!