Foster care saves lives and provides temporary refuge for potentially adoptable animals whose current condition is not manageable in a shelter setting. For every animal you foster, you save two lives; the life of the foster pet and the one that can take its place in our kennels. Please consider becoming a foster parent to a pet in need. It’s easier than you think!
If you would like to apply to become a foster, please fill out the form below and email or fax it to the shelter.
fax: (979) 822-0411
What do you need to be a foster parent?
- Foster parents must be able to provide a safe, loving and stable environment for the foster animal.
- Your existing pets must be currently vaccinated and licensed.
- Experience with animal behavioral or medical issues is a plus, but is not necessary.
- Foster parents must have common sense and patience, as well as be willing to nurse potential injury and/or illness.
- Foster parents must be able to transport their foster animal to and from the Aggieland Humane Society during business hours, and to and from veterinarians, should the need arise.
- Cats will need to remain indoors at all times and dogs must be crate trained (instructions provided)
- NOTE: It is your responsibility to verify that you are allowed to foster from your property owner. AgHS will NOT be responsible for fines resulting from pet violations.
- Why are foster parents needed?
- To save lives
- To open space in the shelter for more animals
- Increases chances of pets getting a forever home
- How do I get involved?
- Fill out an application
- Attend a Foster Orientation
- Contact our Foster Coordinator, Cari at 979-775-5755 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
- What types of pets need fostering?
- Pocket Pets
- Guinea Pigs
- Animals that have medical or behavioral needs
- pregnant/ nursing
- too young to be adopted
- recovering from surgery or heart worm treatment
- in need of training or socialization
- How long will I have the foster pet?
- Average time is 2 weeks, but cases vary
- Pregnant animals can require at least 2 months
- What does it cost to foster a pet?
- NOTHING! AgHS provides all supplies and services.
- What kind of support will I get?
You will receive the following:
- Foster Parent Guide
- After Hours Emergency Contact
- Support from Foster Coordinator and AgHS Staff
- All supplies including but not limited to:
- Plastic crate
- Wire kennel
- Medication, if needed
- Exams from TAMU vet students
- You supply the LOVE, we supply everything else!
- It’s the middle of the night and my foster animal is sick, what can I do?
Call our after-hours emergency number.
- Can I adopt my foster animal?
Of course! But first, you must bring your foster animal(s) back to us to complete the proper paperwork and process. After the adoption process and spay/neuter you will be able to take your pet back home.
- Can I advertise my foster animal while it’s in my care?
While in foster care, animals are not in the adoption program; therefore, any individuals expressing an interest in adopting, including the foster family, must make application to the Aggieland Humane Society in person, and the pet must return to the animal shelter before going to their new home. We do not allow postings on sites such as Craigslist or MyBCS.com. You can however, share your foster through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Foster pets will be added to Petfinder.com once the pet is available for adoption. Please speak to the coordinator if you have any questions.
- I no longer can care for the foster pet, what do I do?
We know that sometimes the foster pet may not be the perfect fit for your family, or that an emergency may occur. If you are not longer able to care for your foster pet, please contact the Foster Coordinator ASAP. You may not give away the pet or foster it to anyone else. The pet will return to our program and look for new placement.