Fosters Save Lives

It is easy to get attached to the animals that come into our homes. It is easy to fall in love and shed tears at the thought of having to say good-bye. Sometimes fostering can only be moments in time, while others last a little longer. We take the helpless and the voiceless and give them a safe haven in our arms, in our homes, and in our shelter. It isn't always easy letting them go, but we know that when we release them to their new life, we did our service to them. We helped them to overcome, to love, to trust. When we let them go, we know that another one is waiting to take its place who needs hope and a second chance.

 

We have to turn animals down every day, animals that may not survive, or animals in such bad shape and in such poor conditions we aren't sure how much time the animal may have left. It is hard to say no when everything in our hearts is screaming yes, but if we don't have a place where we can keep these guys, we have no choice but to turn them away. Please consider opening your hearts and your home to an animal in need. Be the light that shines into the darkness that leads the way out.   

Fostering Info

EXPENSES ARE COVERED

All expenses are covered. This includes vet care, food, litter, canned food, leashes, harnesses, collars, crates, and carriers along with anything else that comes along with fostering one of our animals. The only thing you need to cover is a place for these animals to go to begin to heal from whatever situation landed them in our care. 

 

TIMELINE OF FOSTERING

We need both short term and long term fosters. Some animals are adopted as soon as their vetting is complete while others we consider "long stays". You can decide how you want your fostering experience to be. 

Short-term foster needs include:

  • A week or so to give one of our long-term fosters a little break or cover their fosters while they are on vacation.

  • Helping an animal recover from a medical procedure or illness where they would do better at home than at the shelter while they recover.

  • A 2-3 week foster to give us time to get the animal up to date on vaccinations. 

Long-term foster needs include:

  • Helping an animal who is too stressed at the adoption center or local animal shelter.

  • Helping an animal that needs additional attention or a calmer home environment than can be provided outside the adoption center. 

  • Foster a pregnant mom and help her welcome new life with young pups or kittens. The timeline with fostering the pregnant mom can depend on many different factors. If you are interested in fostering a pregnant mom, the director can go over all the medical issues with you and answer any questions you may have regarding this.

FOSTER REQUIREMENTS 

Foster requirements are in place to ensure that all of our animals have the care and environment they need. We do have specific requirements in place to ensure the safety and well being of all animals that will reside in the foster home. 

  • When fostering for us, you need to have transportation that would allow you to bring the animals into the facility for scheduled vet visits as well as being able to bring them to scheduled meet and greets.

  • You need to be allowed to have animals where you are currently living. If you rent, we do require consent from the landlord that you are allowed to have animals in your residence. 

  • Fostering should be a family decision. We wouldn't want to send our animals into a home where there might be stress or confusion. 

  • Ability to separate the foster from your own pets, especially during feeding time or during a quarantine period.

  • All pets in the home must be up to date on vaccines and spayed/neutered.

  • Foster animals must be housed indoors.

We are so grateful for our fosters. Without them, we would not be able to save as many animals as we do. We make an unspoken promise to every animal that enters our doors. They are safe and loved. They will never know fear, hunger, or loneliness again. Be a part of something that is greater than what we as individuals are, be a part of something special. Please reach out if you have any questions about our foster program. 

Adoption Center

Phone: (828) 287-7338

380 U.S. 221 N 

Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Updated June of 2020

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