Not all the precious animals that arrive at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) are ready to be adopted. That’s where foster heroes come in.
AHS foster heroes are volunteers who care for sick, injured, or underage animals in their own homes until they are ready to be adopted. The temporary respite in a foster home, away from the shelter, provides the second chance that can save an animal’s life.
As part of the Eastmark Cares about Animals campaign, our goal is to recruit five Eastmark families to be foster heroes. To make it easy, AHS is hosting an onsite Foster Hero Orientation at The ‘Mark on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. where you can learn more.
Who is eligible to be a foster volunteer? If you have a passion for animals and a loving home, you may be great candidate. Here is what’s involved:
- The length of time a foster animal would be in your home depends on the special needs of the animal, but the typical range is a few days to a month or more.
- Most foster volunteers work full-time jobs and are able to leave their foster animals at home during the day.
- Foster families need to provide a room with at least one window, soft bedding, food and water, litter boxes, and toys. AHS receives donations throughout the year and can help out with supplies, upon request.
- AHS gives foster families all the medicine and medical supplies the animal will need, along with a list of emergency phone numbers. AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital will provide the medical care.
- Foster animals must be kept separate from other pets in the foster family’s home during the first two weeks, to help prevent exposure to possible contagious diseases.
- Once the animal’s medical and behavioral status check out, the foster family can either welcome them permanently into their home or the AHS staff will help find a home for the animal.
During the orientation, you’ll get an overview of AHS and its role in the community, learn more about animal welfare issues, and become oriented to the foster program. Register for the orientation today.
In the meantime, if you’re curious about what animals are available to be fostered, check out AHS’ online foster portal.
We’ll see you at The ‘Mark on Feb. 22!