Humane Pennsylvania loves our foster care volunteers and is always looking for new foster families to become involved! Foster families provide a life-saving second chance to animals in need and foster animals range from puppies and kittens too young to go up for adoption, those recovering from surgery, animals who find the shelter difficult to adjust to, etc. and include cats, dogs, and small animals. All vet care and supplies are provided by Humane Pennsylvania and there is always a staff member available to help with questions. Foster volunteers work with the Lifesaving Programs Coordinator to be matched with a foster animal that works best.
For both The Lancaster Center for Animal Life-Saving and The Freedom Center for Animal Life-Saving, please contact Tawny Kissinger, Lifesaving Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-921-2348 ext. 218
>> Click here to download and complete the Foster Application
Important questions to ask yourself before you foster:
- Are you able to separate the foster animals from your own pets?
Foster animals must remain isolated from your resident pets. Can you keep them in an enclosed area away from your animals? An area without carpet, such as a spare bathroom, laundry room, etc, tends to be ideal.
- Are you aware that there is a great deal of clean-up and even possible damage to your home when you have a foster animal?
Foster animals can ruin drapes, carpeting, clothing and other valuable items. Preparing your home and the area the animals will stay in can prevent most accidents, but not all of them.
- Will you be able to commit to appointments ranging from once a week to every three weeks whether or not the foster animal is ill?
Foster parents should expect that their animals will need routine vet care while in their home. Healthy animals will likely need booster vaccines every 3-4 weeks while sick animals may need to be seen by the veterinarian as frequently as once/week.
- Are you able to get to us quickly in an emergency?
Sometimes foster animals, especially unweaned kittens, can be in fragile health and their condition can quickly deteriorate. If the animal you are fostering needs immediate medical attention, you will need to contact the Lifesaving Programs Coordinator and transport the animal to the Humane League of Lancaster County or the Humane Society of Berks County, for care.
- Can you commit to spending the entire foster period with the animal?
When we release an animal to a foster home there will be an estimated date of return to the shelter. This is an approximation and if an animal were to become sick or need additional support, their stay in foster care will be extended accordingly. We would ask that barring any major problems you would keep the animal for the required time until it is ready to be placed for adoption.
- Will you be able to bring the animal back at the end of the foster period?
It can be difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached to your foster animal. However, your commitment to continue fostering is what allows us to save the lives of even more animals!