Foster homes are essential to the survival and well-being of animals that enter shelters. Here at the Humane Society of Scott County, we utilize foster homes for a variety of reasons.
Neonatal foster homes: Neonates are kittens and puppies too young to survive on their own. They require around the clock care, supplemental feeding, and a heat source. Without foster homes, they can not survive in a shelter environment. Neonatal foster homes literally save lives!
Behavioral foster homes: There are times in which a dog or cat may exhibit behavioral issues, such as anxiety, while in a shelter's care. These issues can cause suffering for that animal. If a dog or cat is failing to thrive in our environment, we seek care outside of the shelter while that pet awaits an adoptive home. We give every adoptable animal a second chance here at HSSC. Sometimes that second chance requires extra help from caring temporary homes like yours!
Hospice foster homes: Sadly, some animals in their last stages of life find their way to us. This may be as a stray wandering the street or as an owner surrender. Animals eligible for hospice fostering include those with terminal illness but that are not in pain. Hospice foster homes will be responsible for administering medications prescribed from our veterinarian, monitoring the foster pet for changes in health and behavior, and immediately notifying the appropriate staff when changes occur. While this is a difficult time for all involved, hospice fostering provides a safe place to call home for a pet's last days. This is true compassion that every animal deserves to have at the end.
Recovery foster homes: We occasionally receive animals that require major medical intervention such as emergency surgery. Once an animal is discharged from the veterinary office following care, a foster home is the best environment for recovery. All medical costs incurred during this time are paid for by HSSC. The foster home will be required to administer medication as prescribed by our veterinarian, provide transport to follow up veterinary appointments, and alert HSSC staff to any complications that may occur during the pet's recovery.