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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

    How far can fostering go?

    Apprentice trainee Sarah Brasky, founder of Foster Dogs, Inc., in New York City, takes Dakota for a stroll at the Pima Animal Care Center.

    A new vision for sheltering is trending—and being tested—around the country

    Recognizing that most animals do best in a home environment, shelters are testing the limits of high-volume foster care programs and teaching other shelters to ramp up their efforts to get more animals into foster homes. Could the future of sheltering be all around us?

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  • Magazine Article

    Kitty in their hands

    Bringing out the best behaviors in kittens

    Theresa Foley’s introduction to fostering started 15 years ago when she trapped feral cats and kittens on her street in old town Key West, Fla. Foley fostered several six-toed kittens—perhaps relatives of the felines who still roam Ernest Hemingway’s property on the island—during the three years it took to trap one elusive mom cat. “I began fostering mostly out of necessity, because there were not that many people willing to do it or set up to do it,” she says.
     

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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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