Foster Care Volunteers Help Us Save Lives!
What Types of Animals Need Foster Care?
Each year, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs receives animals too young to be placed up for adoption. Fortunately, our Foster Care Volunteers are available to provide the love and nurturing these animals need to grow strong. In addition to young animals, Foster Care Volunteers open their homes and hearts to ill animals and animals recovering from surgery. By providing foster care, volunteers save the lives of the special-needs animals and help alleviate over-crowding at the animal shelter.
Our most common foster animals are kittens with nursing queens, or weaned kittens and puppies that need a few weeks to grow strong before placement. We often have homeless adult cats and dogs suffering from treatable illnesses such as Upper Respiratory Infection or Kennel Cough, or animals recovering from surgery.
On occasion, the foster animal may have been the victim of neglect or abuse and emotional as well as medical care will be needed. The humane society may also call upon Foster Volunteers to help reduce over-crowded conditions at the shelter.
Our program is designed to suit your experience and interest levels. Some animals require medications, veterinary treatment or some extra training for behavior problems to help them become more adoptable and some just need a warm place to stay. We'll work with you and your comfort level, provide you with necessary training, and we're always available to answer your questions.
How Long Will You Be Fostering An Animal and What Type of Care Is Involved?
We'll arrange a foster care time commitment around your lifestyle, work schedule and vacation plans. The average stay for a foster animal is four - six weeks, but some foster animals enjoy the care of a few different families until ready for adoption. Some foster animals, like newborn kittens, require round-the-clock care.
Do You need Special Skills or Training to Become a Foster Care Volunteer?
Our program is designed to suit your experience and interest levels. Some animals require medications, veterinary treatment or some need extra training for behavior problems to help them become more adoptable, and some just need a warm place to stay. We'll work with you and your comfort level, provide you with necessary training, and we're always available to answer your questions.
Who Can Be A Foster Care Volunteer?
Our Foster Care Volunteers come in all sizes! This program is perfect for children and families with other pets; busy professionals who can't commit to pet ownership; senior citizens looking to put their experience to work, and business owners willing to set aside lobby space for a cage or cat condo.
How Can You Become a Foster Volunteer?
Start by filling out a Volunteer Application Form and joining the Humane Society's Volunteer Team!