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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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  • Magazine Article

    Saving bunny lives in South Jersey

    Cara Forline (left) and Alyssa McCloskey play with two adoptable rabbits at a meet and greet sponsored by For Bunny Sake Rabbit Rescue. The group holds monthly meet and greets to showcase adoptable bunnies and provide information about rabbit ownership.

    Rabbit rescue relies on caring volunteers

    When our Dutch-mix bunny, Bridget, died in 2014 from several medical conditions, my husband, Steve, took her death hard. He told me, “Don’t bring another rabbit home.”

    “OK,” I responded, but less than three months later, I brought home Benny and Nibbles, a bonded Netherland dwarf pair.

    Steve agreed that the brothers could stay with us until For Bunny Sake, the rabbit rescue that we volunteer with in southern New Jersey, could find them a permanent home.

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    How to Foster Dogs: From Homeless to Homeward Bound

    By Pat Miller

    Fostering dogs involves caring on a temporary basis for puppies and dogs who for whatever reason cannot be housed with their owners, shelters or breed rescue organizations. Many shelters now have formal fostering programs for dogs who are too young, unhealthy or have behavioral issues and therefore have to be housed with a foster family or face euthanasia. The book also covers informal fostering situations when families move or have some disruption and a friend or relative agrees to care for the dog temporarily.

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  • Magazine Article

    The road home goes through the office

    Office cat Callie likes to make sure employees at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) get plenty of breaks—by sitting on their keyboards so they can’t type. Besides having its own office cats, ARL places adoptable cats at local businesses.

    Shelters invite businesses to foster cats and promote adoptions

    These workers don’t need a salary— they’ll work (or at least hang out) for room and board. They won’t wear a tie (probably), but they are more than happy to spend nights and weekends at the office.

    If this sounds like a good deal, direct an inquiry to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL). The shelter is hiring out its felines to fill temporary jobs as “office cats” until they find permanent positions.

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  • Training/Event

    Fosters: Animal Rescue Rock Stars!

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Building a foster network is critical to maintaining the health and socialization of animals in rescue situations. This webinar will share the experiences and strategy of two very different organizations and how they manage their foster programs.

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    Rescue Group Best Practices: foster homes

    cats in their foster home

    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

    Moose goes backstage

    Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter

    Boston band CliffLight has a new member: Bert, aka Moose, of the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter. Moose is living a cool cat life thanks to his foster dad, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd, a lifelong animal lover and professional musician.

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