Foster Care is the temporary guardianship and care provided by a patient, kind, adult volunteer for orphaned or otherwise abandoned animals. Foster care volunteers play a major role in saving the lives of these animals. It is important for young animals to learn to live in a home environment and to acclimate to human care. A socialized animal is more likely to get adopted.

What is the usual time commitment for foster care?

The time varies, but usually is between 2 weeks, up to 3 months. A Camp Green Dog Foundation staff member can discuss the approximate length of care expected for an individual animal to be placed with you.

What types of animals are placed in foster care?

The animals in need of care are orphaned, unwanted, sick or abused dogs, cats, puppies and kittens brought to our kennel. These animals are looking for a second chance to find a loving home. Some may be too young to be adopted, have an illness or injury and need to recover before they can be adopted, or they may need to be socialized and learn to live in a family environment.

Who can become a foster care volunteer?

If you are patient, kind, concerned for the welfare of animals and at least 18 years in age, you can be a foster care volunteer.

  • You must be allowed to have animals in your home
  • Be able to transport the foster animal(s) to and from the Camp Green Dog for periodic health exams including vaccinations and spaying or neutering.
  • Children can also help provide the love and care for the foster animal, but adults are responsible for all aspects of the foster care.

If you are physically able to regularly care and monitor the health of the foster animal, including providing a warm safe shelter, food and water, socialization, love and sometimes medications, then you can be a foster care volunteer. You will also need to keep the foster animal’s environment clean and disinfected.

You will need to frequently monitor the animals in your care.

  • A reasonable amount of time to be away from adult animals or weaned kittens is no more than eight hours.
  • Young puppies need to be let outside at 4 hour intervals or sometimes more frequently.
  • If medications are being given, they are often done twice daily and can be scheduled around work or other commitments.
  • Foster care for motherless un-weaned puppies or kittens requires around the clock feeding and cleaning, and is best done by people who do not work outside the home.

You will need to understand that a foster animal must be returned to the Camp Green Dog for adoption. Returning an animal to the kennel after you have become attached can be an emotional and stressful step for the foster family but the service you are providing is invaluable to the animal and to the pet.

If you are interested in fostering a pet at Camp Green Dog please call or email us.