Becoming a foster parent is rewarding and easy! All it takes is filling out an application and, if approved, a volunteer will visit your home with potential candidates for your first foster pet. Our goal is to match a foster animal with you and your lifestyle that will be mutually beneficial — you know you are doing a wonderful service to an animal in need and the animal is introduced to what a true loving environment feels like. By taking an animal into your home on a temporary basis, the animal is given an opportunity to adjust to a home environment, and we are given additional time to find a permanent home.
Take Home A Shelter Pet
What is a foster home?
A foster home provides a stable, loving environment for a pet that has potentially been neglected and abandoned. You’re also providing much-needed socialization, and basic training, that will make our pets more appealing for adoption and better members of their adoptive families.
Our organization’s goal is to not only be an asset to the homeless pets, but also to our community. Fostering is a commitment that will affect your entire household: your family, your permanent-resident pets, and your house and yard itself! Bastrop Animal Rescue will match you with a dog or cat that works with your schedule. You’ll need a pet that fits your lifestyle, even if he/she is only a temporary resident. Your Bastrop Animal Rescue, Inc. representative will work with you to ensure that we understand your personal situation and what types of pets are appropriate for you.
Discuss your plans with other family members and get their input on how to make it work out best for everyone. Include in the discussion what kind(s) of dogs or cats are appropriate for your household: small/large, young/old, active/not active. Do you thrive on a spunky pet with lots of energy who is a willing playmate for your active resident pet? Or, do you have an older dog or cat who would appreciate not being pestered? How long are you gone during the day? How much time will the pet be left alone?
Do I get to choose which animal I want to foster?
Yes, whether you’re looking for a mellow kitty cat that sleeps all day or an active, ball-chasing dog that you can take on jogs, our goal is to place an animal with you that fits your needs and wants and is compatible with your lifestyle. We will help determine which of our pets fits that description.
I don’t think I could be a foster parent, I’d become too attached.
This is one of the most common phrases we hear each and every day. We share the sentiment whole-heartedly. Because we take these needy animals from dire situations, nurse them back to health if they are sick, rehabilitate and train, and discover and love each of their individual personalities, we know how hard it is to separate from them when they go to new, permanent homes. But because of this strong bond, we also know how rewarding it is when watching their new owner shower them with kisses and love, and know that we had a hand in saving a life and creating a new family unit.
Foster parenting is an integral part of the process of getting this abandoned pets into loving, forever homes and is one of the most rewarding things around, and the reason we all work tirelessly to make it happen!
What if the animal I am fostering doesn’t work out for me?
If at any time the fit of the animal in your care is not working for you, we will be happy to take the animal back and try a different animal in its place. Just like people, animals all have different personalities, and our goal is to help find the right animal for your situation.
Do I have to pay for food or supplies for animals in my care?
Bastrop Animal Rescue, Inc. will provide all necessary equipment and preventatives while the pet is in your care. We do ask that the foster parent provide quality food and treats.
What about veterinary fees or emergency care?
Bastrop Animal Rescue, Inc. gives all foster parents a list of veterinarians with whom we due to business with and we pay for all veterinary fees for animals that are in foster care.
If I have other animals in my home, can I still be a ‘foster parent’?
Absolutely, as long as your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and comfortable with their new short or long-term visitors.
If I have children, does that rule us out as a foster family?
Absolutely not, although if you have toddlers in your family, we are careful in the choice of animal for your situation.
But how will the animal find a permanent home if it is living with me?
Bastrop Animal rescue, Inc. requires the animal to be available for weekend mobile adoptions where we show our animals to the public. We ask our fosters to transport their dog or cat to at least one off-site adoption each month.
How long will I be required to foster?
Because our animals have been shuffled from the street or shelters, to vet offices and then to different boarding situations, we prefer the foster parents keep the pet for as long as they are in Bastrop Animal Rescue, Inc.’s care. Although we can’t guarantee how long it will take to find the animal a home, the average is several weeks. However, it could be as little as a few days or as much as a few months. If at any time you would like to discontinue fostering, you are always given the option to stop.
What if I have to go out of town on business or vacation?
If you need to go out of town for just a night or for a whole month, we can make arrangements to find another foster parent or a place for the animal to be boarded until you return.
Is there a limit to the number of pets I can foster?
Our priority is that the animals receive the best care possible and are introduced to a loving environment where they can grow and become accustomed to new situations. Each situation is evaluated and then we help determine how many pets is practical to have in your care. We don’t want to overburden our foster families and also want to be sure our animals, and possibly your own, are all receiving the care and love they deserve.