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Wanted: Foster Homes for Shelter Cats and Dogs

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, October 01, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Want to help a rescued cat or dog prepare for a new home?

One way you can do this is by sparing some room in your home and fostering a shelter cat or dog. The PAWS shelter, after all, does not have infinite space and it constantly needs to make some for new rescues and for the animals that need its help the most. This is also an opportunity for anyone who wants some animal companionship but may not be able to commit to a long-term ownership/guardianship of a cat or a dog.

Most shelter cats and dogs have been through some painful experiences being sick or being the object of unimaginable cruelty from humans. Hence, in a lot of instances, rehabilitation through continued human companionship (of the un-cruel kind) is required to bring back the animals' trust in humanity. This will increase the chances of making their transition from a traumatic home to a loving home as smooth as possible.

Foster homes are also sought for kittens, puppies or sick animals that need constant attention. There are over a hundred cats and dogs at the shelter at any given time; a certain percentage of which are sick or are too young to be able to survive on their own without constant loving supervision.

Rescue Dog William Needs a Foster HomeThe typical rescued or abandoned cat or dog will be underweight or sick. We need foster homes that are willing to bring them back to a good state of health to increase their chances of getting adopted. The above picture of William is perhaps one of the extreme rescue cases as far as state of health is concerned. Unfortunately, finding a dog in this heart-wrenching state, out there in the streets, is not as rare as one would wish.

PAWS needs your help in helping these animals by taking care of them until suitable permanent homes are found for them, or, in the case of kittens, puppies and sick animals, until they grow old enough or are nursed back to health enough to survive a shelter environment. No shelter will beat the care a real loving home environment can give a rescue cat or dog.

What do you need to consider before fostering?
  • Do you have spare room in your home?
  • Can you keep sick cats or dogs, kittens or puppies sheltered indoors?
  • Will you have time to spend interacting with your wards?
  • Will you be willing to administer medicines when necesary?
  • Will you be able to bring it to the vet when the need arises?

What would it cost to foster a shelter animal?

I honestly do not have a figure to give but I would say that you may need to shoulder some costs entailed in caring for pets. PAWS will certainly provide veterinary services [If available... Note: There is currently no regular shelter veterinarian] and will provide medicines, cat food and dog food, if it has some to spare. Please remember that the organization is solely dependent on donations and money it raises at fund-raising events and that there may be occasions of cat and dog food and medicine shortages.

What do you need to do to be able to start fostering?

By all means get in touch with us right away! Attend a volunteer orientation or schedule a visit to the shelter to meet some of PAWS' adoption counselors. We do still need to assess your capacity as a foster parent. If you've had experience taking care of pets in the past and have a passion for it, then I doubt if we're going to have problems. And even if you're new to pet care, as long as you are eager to learn, I believe there may be a way to work things out. Many volunteers will be willing to guide you through it all.

What are you required to do?

All we ask is that you treat your foster cats or dogs as if they were your own. I would also urge (not require) you to become proactive in finding forever homes for them. That, after all, is our ultimate goal, isn't it?--- To get all the homeless animals home! Note: After your foster baby gets adopted, there will always be more waiting for foster care!

Read the story of Lance at News Hound and see how fostering can work wonders to any animal in need: A need for foster parents

Another related story is that of Rex which I posted here a couple of times. Fellow animal welfare advocate Alya Honasan fostered Rex from a bag of bones to a bag of happiness and then found a wonderful forever home for him!

Rex (Labrador) before fostering of Alya Honasan
Rex before fostering.

Rex adopted and currently living in Cavite
Rex after fostering.
(Photos courtesy of PAWS and Popi Laudico)

There are other ways that you can help out. Adoption is but one aspect of the advocacy. Fostering is another. Become a volunteer and find out more about how you can help. Let's all work together for the animals!

Disclaimer: This post is not an official announcement from PAWS but merely a personal plea from this blog. To my knowledge, PAWS has not issued any official guidelines regarding their fostering program but it does exist. I know of several PAWS volunteers and supporters that have done it, are doing it. The conditions and guidelines set forth in this post may change without prior notice so if you're really interested to join this program, please contact PAWS directly and thresh out with them any details that aren't clear. Thanks for reading!

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  1. 9 comments: Responses to “ Wanted: Foster Homes for Shelter Cats and Dogs ”

  2. By Ted Teodoro on Oct 2, 2008, 11:47:00 PM

    Good post. The shelter, although better than the street, is still a high stress area for the animals. The shelter is not a home for animals. Fostering gives them an opportunity to be at home and in a family environment. I have seen a difference, for the better, in behaviour in the dogs we have fostered out of the shelter. I think fostering is a major component of animal rescue, and let's hope that there are many who will avail of this opportunity. Also, there are those who we refer to as " foster failures. " They are the ones who decided to keep the dog/cat forever!

  3. By siyerwin on Oct 4, 2008, 11:41:00 AM

    Hehe. Thanks, Ted. News of such failures fill the shelter with joy and laughter. :)

  4. By Anonymous on Oct 4, 2008, 10:01:00 PM

    its nice that there are people who care about pets. esp dogs!we wish to adopt a puppy but seem too far and requires coming back and forth before getting it. can we adopt a puppy right away?
    email me at for infos.

  5. By Anonymous on Oct 7, 2008, 10:29:00 AM

    hi sherwin. i admire u and everyone behind paws... i'm an animal lover, too, and would like to help give love to our homeless friends in the shelter... i'm afraid i don't have the financial capabilities neded, but i have a loving partner, my eight-year-old baby muning, a home and our bed to share with... and lots of love...

    i would really like to help. pls email me if we can work out something...
    hoping for ur immediate response...

  6. By Anonymous on Dec 6, 2008, 9:30:00 AM

    I spent my whole life taking in pets that the shelter was about to put down simply becouse they needed more room in fact my dad worked at the shleter in town so it was easy to get them for free i got some neglited ones and scared ones that bite out of fear at times even kittens that where to young to maker it with out their moms milk anyhow i always got them to be able to become family pets or a single person pet and most of them went on to live happy healthy lifes i want to help more still today however last summer my aunt bought me this bishion frise named sadie from an older couple who didnt have time for it so i am working on geting her to not be scared of people mainly men and childern to my suprize she picks up on things quickly and is recovering very fast faster then i thought she would to her new surandings and people and pets i still have a little way to go. i hope after i get her adjusted i might be able to foster a old pet maybe one on their death bed do you know any orginaion in indiana that need foster parents for old pets

  7. By siyerwin on Dec 8, 2008, 5:55:00 PM

    hi, anonymous. thank you very much for doing what you do. you're a rare breed! :)

    I'm based in the Philippines btw, so i wont be of help finding you a senior dog in Indiana.

    thanks for dropping by and hope to see more of you around.

  8. By steph on May 1, 2009, 10:27:00 AM

    hi, i'm thinking about fostering, but my son is allergic to cats, is it possible to only foster dogs?

  9. By siyerwin on May 7, 2009, 9:15:00 PM

    steph, yes it is!!!

  10. By Jhovenay U. Calixto on Jun 30, 2009, 9:16:00 PM

    yey many of the cats and dogs have foster owners now! and I'm sure the're hapi now

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