When you become a foster hero, you get to save the lives of animals every day. Foster heroes help provide the love and care our animals need and free up space at the shelter so we can help more animals. We are always in need of new foster heroes.
Foster Hero FAQ
What animals need fostering?
Bottle baby kittens/puppies
Moms and kittens/puppies
Cats/Dogs with medical needs
Cats/Dogs who need socialization
Cats/Dogs who need a break from shelter life
What are my responsibilities as a foster?
As a foster, your responsibilities are:
To care for and love the animal until it is ready for adoption
To provide food, water and shelter
To contact the foster manager if the animal becomes ill
To bring the foster in for appointments and to meet potential adopters
What does it cost to foster?
We try our best to provide the tools you need to care for the animals. however, the Foster Hero program runs on donations so we cannot guarantee that we will always have supplies to offer. You may be asked to provide food, litter, toys, dishes, etc.
How do I feed a bottle baby?
Here is a tutorial provided by one of our fosters on how to feed a bottle baby:
Can I foster if I work a full-time job?
Yes! Many of our foster heroes work full-time jobs. Some of our animals may need more round the clock care, such as bottle baby kittens and puppies. There are other animals who need a foster hero that will be just fine while you are away for the day.
How much time do I need to spend with my foster animal?
The amount of time your foster animal needs each day will depend on their age, energy level, medical and behavioral needs. You should prepare to spend at least one hour a day socializing, playing, feeding and caring for your foster pet.
Can I foster if I have my own pets?
Yes! We do encourage you to keep your pets separate form your foster animals. This is the safest option for preventing the spread of disease and to reduce any chance of personality conflicts. We also understand that it can be difficult to keep animals totally separate from one another. You may choose whatever is best for your home. If you plan on integrating your fosters with your own pets, please talk with the foster manager or clinic staff to discuss appropriate introduction techniques.
How long will my foster stay in my care?
The length of stay is different for every animal, depending on the reason they need a foster hero. We also try our best to work with you to find an animal that fits your family. If you need to bring your foster animal back at any time, please contact the foster manager.
What kind of appointments do I need to bring my foster animal to?
We will schedule a foster check up when you pick up your foster animal. The foster check up occurs at Dorchester Paws. This check up is for your foster pet to receive shots, flea and ticket prevention, and more. We will also schedule your foster pet for their spay/neuter surgery, which is done at one of our two partner locations – Doc Williams SPCA or Charleston Animal Society.