Ask yourself these important questions first...
Are you at least 18 years of age?
Due to insurance issues and safety concerns only people over 18 can be the primary caregivers in this program. Children can help, and receive community service credit, but an adult in the home must be the main contact.
Are you able to work with harsh cleaning chemicals such as bleach?
Between sets of foster animals you should thoroughly clean the foster area with a disinfecting chemical.
Are you able to separate the foster animals from your own?
Foster animals should be isolated from your own companion animals. A separate room or enclosed area without carpet will work best. Your foster will need time to get acclimated, feel safe, and learn the rules of your house.
Are you aware that there is a great deal of clean-up and even possible damage to your home when you take a foster animal home?
Foster animals have ruined 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.
You will be asked to give HSforBC critical information about your foster animal such as temperament, health, socialization, and manners. We often have no information about an animals history as many come to us as a stray. They may have had a rough life, never been house trained, never been on a leash, and may be unaltered and wish to instinctively mark their territory.
Do you feel comfortable explaining to friends that these animals are not yours to adopt out and that they must go through the regular adoption process of HSforBC?
Click here for a printable foster application