As the Foster Care Coordinator I receive many inquires about our program. Here's a little more info on the program!
Q: Why is fostering important for an animal shelter like BEBHS?
|Velvet and Vi playing in their foster home!|
Q: Which animals are in your foster program?
A: At this moment we only have a foster program for cats and kittens. They love being in a home, as you can see from the photos! It is a great experience for them to be in an actual home!
Q: What are the requirements to be a foster at BEBHS?
A: In order to become a foster parent with us you will need to meet these qualifications:
-Love and concern for animals.
-Be 18 years of age or older.
-Willingness to provide food, water, general care, and medication if necessary.
-Provide a clean living environment.
-Time to dedicate towards socialization of the animals.
-Ability to keep foster cats/kittens separate from resident animals
-Transportation to and from BEBHS for medical appointments.-Understand and follow BEBHS foster and medical care protocols.
Q: Are there trainings to become a foster? If so, where can I see the schedule of the trainings?
A: A typical foster training will last around 1 hour. Our next scheduled orientation is Saturday September 29th at 9:00am. If you check on our website, under orientations, upcoming trainings will be listed. We aim to do one per month.
Q. Can I foster if I have pets?
A: Foster animals should never meet your pets. Your foster animal, while under your care, is still legally BEBHS’ animal. While an animal is in our care, and by extension your care, we want to keep it as healthy and happy as possible. If you introduce your pet to a foster animal many things can go wrong.
-Animals in the shelter system are under a lot of stress. Often times they need a peaceful environment in order to feel safe. One of the most stressful experiences for an animal is the meeting of another animal.
-Animals are animals. Even if you feel confident that your animal enjoys spending time with other animals, no one can say for certain. There is no way to tell if something could set an animal off and cause them to be physically aggressive. We do not want your pet or our animal to be harmed in anyway while in a foster home.
-Animals can spread disease. Many animals can appear healthy but have underlying health issues that we may not be aware of. There is a risk that this could be passed to your pets if they were to meet. This can also go the other way – your animal could have something that could be passed to our animal.It is in the animals’ best interest that they not meet in order to prevent any physical altercations or medical problems from occurring.
How can I become a foster?You can sign up on our website under the tab ‘Foster Care Program’. If you want more information please feel free to email the Foster Care Coordinator at email@example.com or call 510.845.3633 ext. 14.
Q: What are my obligations as a foster?
|Earl Grey lounging with his foster family.|
Q: What is the reward of fostering?
A: There are many rewards of fostering cats and kittens. Not only do you have a friend to great you everyday, you are able to give someone else their forever friend.
Here is a photo of me (Rosa the Foster Care Coordinator on the left and Ashley Davidson a Shelter Services Assistant on the right) and one of our adopted kittens (Pendant) that is now a beautiful teenage cat.