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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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Most recent Tools and Resources > Fostering

  • 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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  • Magazine Article

    A bright spark

    Torch was brought to Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) in a small box. A road worker named Bill heard an odd sound and looked in one of the wheel wells of his paver. The last thing he expected to find were two teeny blue eyes peering back at him. The fact that he heard anything at all over the huge machine’s noise was a miracle.

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  • Magazine Article

    A day in the life: Susan Spaulding

    <b>Midnight</b> I’m just finishing up midnight feeding for 3-hour litters; kittens are fed by weight, not age, so different litters may be on different schedules. I feed and potty everyone, do a mini exam on kittens in a fragile new litter who are not thriving, and make a note to contact their sponsor group in the morning to provide updates.

    The National Kitten Coalition’s co-founder, instructor and director of neonatal programs shares a day in her life … during kitten season

    My name is Susan Spaulding—for 25-plus years I have fostered neonatal orphaned kittens, as well as kittens needing specialized medical care. Neonates, ill and underage kittens are one of the most at-risk groups within the animal welfare system; as little as 10 years ago, the vast majority were euthanized because rescue groups and shelters had little knowledge of how to care for them.

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