WELCOME Rescues! If you would like to pull from our shelter we will glady work with you. Please contact Jeanine, our Rescue Coordinator, or call the shelter at 502-875-7297.
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED: Due to limited amount of space at the shelter we have started a foster program. Not only will this free up space at the shelter it will also help the animal(s) to be more adoptable and comfortable by living in your home. If you would like to foster a cat or dog then please fill out the the foster application and read the foster agreement which will be required when you take a homeless pet home. Please direct dog foster inquiries to Christy and direct cat inquiries to Jill.
Foster and rescue efforts save lives!
WHAT IS FOSTERING ALL ABOUT?
Hundreds of animals enter our shelter each year that are not ready for adoption. They might be pregnant, too young, unsocialized, ill or injured. Others have been at the shelter for an extended period of time and would benefit from a foster home. Franklin County Humane Society is committed to saving lives and ensuring a long, healthy, and happy life for each animal. Foster care is a huge part of that mission.
Foster care gives dogs and cats a chance to learn how to interact with other animals and humans so they can find a suitable home where they will be happy. Foster parents care for these animals until they are ready for adoption. In no way does it mean you should feel obligated to adopt the pet. There are many more waiting to be your new best friend – temporarily! It is normal to get attached to your foster pets, but the reward is knowing that you have given these animals the care, love and attention during their time of need and you gave them the skills to be a great pet for someone else. As a foster parent with a pet in your temporary care, you will watch them and help them interact with people and other animals.
The foster program coordinators can provide information and answers to your questions. You can foster whatever you feel comfortable with. You can foster as much or as little as you want. We will provide you all the information we have about each pet and a copy of the vet records. As a foster parent, you can commit to a certain length of time to foster the pet, or until it gets adopted. The length of time you will have each pet in foster care will vary from one week to several months. Food and supplies are available if needed, medications that are required will be provided. We can also provide carriers or crates if needed.
Is it Safe? As long as your pets are up to date on all vaccinations, and you can keep foster pets isolated from them for at least 10 days, you should have no problems. There is a chance of exposure to parasites and zoonotic diseases.
What if I have Questions or Problems? There is always program coordinators you can call with any questions or problems. If after a few days you realize the foster pet has problems that are more than you can handle, we will gladly remove the pet from your home as soon as possible. Numerous volunteers foster pets on a regular basis with no problems.
Your Responsibilities as a Foster Parent:
- Abide by the terms of the Foster Care Agreement.
- Be responsible and observant of your foster pet’s care and needs. Contact the foster coordinator with any issues or questions.
- Spend time each day with the foster pet and provide fresh food and water and a safe place to sleep and play. Bathing may be needed occasionally. Food and supplies are provided by FCHS. Medical and behavior issues will be discussed as needed.
- Our goal is to make your foster experience very enjoyable. A process is provided so you know what to do. For kittens and puppies, it is necessary to make vet appointments and see that the foster pet has regular vaccinations while in foster care. Foster pets must be at least 8 weeks old, spayed or neutered, and up to date on vaccinations before they can be adopted. Sick or injured pets may require more frequent trips to the vet.
- You should observe behavior, eating and elimination habits, and safely socialize the foster pet with your pets and people in the family.
- You should be able to take digital pictures of your foster pet and submit to the coordinator for placement on Petfinder, which is an internet search tool for people interested in adopting a pet.
- You may be required to attend foster care meetings 2-3 times per year, depending on changes in the program.