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Foster Programs

Foster homes are the backbone of many rescue groups—without a strong network of foster providers, rescue groups simply could not take in as many animals. Learn how to make your foster-care program stronger and increase your organization’s ability to care for animals.

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  • In fosters we trust

    Increased capacity, decreased returns and new pools of potential adopters? The ASPCA promises all that and more through its Adoption Ambassadors program, which encourages organizations to empower—and, most importantly, trust—their fosters.

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  • Rescue Group Best Practices: foster homes

    Foster homes are the backbone of many rescue groups—without a strong network of foster providers, rescue groups simply could not take in as many animals. Having a structured fostering program is essential to the organization’s ability to care for animals.

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  • Magazine Article

    Where foster and hospice care meet

    Fospice programs allow sick or elderly animals to live out their final days with comfort and dignity in a loving home.

    Fospice programs help elderly, ill pets spend their final days surrounded by home comforts

    Christopher Frey's wife Liesl loved cats and often talked about her childhood pet, an all-black feline named Midnight. And so when Liesl, 44, was hospitalized with stage IV cancer last summer, Frey contacted the San Francisco SPCA to see if a volunteer could bring a cat to visit.

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  • Blog Post

    Combining foster and hospice care

    A fospice volunteer describes the bittersweet rewards of caring for terminally ill animals

    One of my first foster dogs came from a puppy mill raid in 2009. I knew little about puppy mills at the time, so it was very eye-opening to see this adorable dog who was also one of the most mentally damaged beings I’d ever met. Over the next three months, my husband and I watched Itsy Bitsy transform into a normal, happy dog. She was adopted by a beautiful couple and is living in Miami now. Seeing the impact we could have on an animal, my husband and I were hooked on fostering.

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  • Magazine Article

    Employee of the year

    ‘Genius’ new Maddie’s Fund app provides shelter-approved advice to adopters and fosters

    You really should contact all of last week’s adopters and see how things are going—but, nevermind, your new assistant is taking care of it.

    Also, a foster volunteer needs instructions for bottle-feeding neonates, another is concerned about her foster dog’s loose stools, and the people who adopted the hound-poodle mix yesterday have some questions about housetraining—but no worries, your assistant is handling these, too. Your assistant never takes a holiday, is available 24/7 and gives spot-on advice. Best of all, your assistant works for free.

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