Volunteer / Foster

Fostering

Foster Program

The purpose of our foster care program is to provide loving temporary homes to animals in transition who are in need of extra attention. Foster situations may last anywhere from just a few days to several weeks or longer, depending on what the animal needs. We are looking for homes with experience providing care for cats and dogs in a variety of situations including medical or behavioral needs. Animal placement will be determined by the individual needs of each animal and the experiences of each foster family.

What sorts of animals may need a Foster Parent? Animals that are:
  • Pregnant or nursing animals
  • Orphans in need of constant, around the clock care 
  • Semi-feral kittens and other animals in need of socialization 
  • Animals too young for adoption 
  • Animals recovering from surgery or illness 
  • Animals requiring specialized medical care 
  • Senior animals 
Thinking of becoming a Foster Parent? Here are some things to consider:
  • Do you have space to separate foster animals from your own if needed? 
  • Will you be able to spend quality time with your foster animals? 
  • Some foster animals may be ill or extremely weak when they come to us. We will do everything in our power to help ensure their recovery, unfortunately, we may not be successful. Are you, and the rest of your household, prepared to deal with this possibility?
  • Foster animals, like all animals, can be messy and potentially destructive. Are you and the rest of your household prepared for this?
  • If your foster requires emergency medical treatment will you be able to bring the animal in for care in a timely manner? Depending on the situation and time, it may require a trip out of Gold Beach.
  • If you plan on fostering an animal requiring continual medical care will you be able to transport it to the shelter or the vet’s office for treatment?
Requirements for a Foster Parent*:
  • Must be over 21 years of age (children in a home will be considered on a case-by-case basis) 
  • Current animals in the home must be up to date with vaccines 
  • All family members must meet the foster animal  
  • Ability to check in with the coordinator on a regular basis  
  • *Depending on the individual animal, there may be additional requirements
For more information: visit or contact the shelter.
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