We are always in need of foster carers. Open your heart and home to a rescue pet and save a life!
Homeless dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, birds and ‘pocket pets’ arrive in pounds and shelters every day. Sometimes even farm animals! To get the second chance they deserve, each of these animals desperately needs a foster carer. Could this be you?
Foster carers look after a carefully matched pet in their home temporarily while we find them a forever home. This can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months.
Should you get attached to your foster pet, that’s okay! Fostering is a great way to test whether pet ownership is for you, and adopting your foster pet is certainly an option. You may very well join the growing ‘Foster Fail’ Club!
- 24/7 guidance and support
- Comprehensive foster carer handbook
- Vet expenses covered
- Access to an amazing volunteer community
- Unconditional love
- Bragging rights that you are saving a life
Every foster animal has different requirements. As such, we ask that all our foster carers be as flexible as possible. Foster carers are supported by a Case Manager and a team of volunteers that can assist through all stages of the fostering process. The FFAR family supports each other – you are never alone!
Requirements of the role include:
- Provision of a clean, safe and secure home where foster pet will sleep inside
- Lots of cuddles
- Regular exercise
- Food (donations are often available, but not always)
- Occasional transporting: collection from pound, to/from vet appointments (volunteers available if required)
- Providing quality photos and writing of a biography for PetRescue (assistance available if required)
- Reviewing shortlists of adoption applicants
- Conducting meets and greets with potential adopters
- Carrying out property inspections with potential adopters.
BECOMING A FOSTER CARER
Our Foster Carer Application (yellow box above) will ask you a few questions about yourself, your home and your fostering preferences to match you with the ideal foster pet and includes our Foster Carer Agreement which you must sign.
If you are underage (and have a heart of gold) you must have permission from your parents or guardians.
All members of the household and family need to be on board with the member wanting to be the primary foster carer.
Your completed form will be reviewed by our Foster Carer Coordinator and should you be suitable, you will be contacted and a property inspection arranged by one of our volunteers.
During the inspection, you may be asked to make small changes to your property to ensure the safety of your foster pet: e.g. patching a hole in a fence, removing protruding nails from walls, raising any chemicals off the shed floor, etc. Please understand that this visit is to ensure the safety of your foster animal, and should in no way be seen as a potential critique of your home. The property inspection is also a great opportunity for us to meet you in person and vice versa!
Pending the satisfactory property check and any maintenance required, you will receive our Foster Carer Handbook, be added to our Facebook Volunteer Page (if you use Facebook) and warmly welcomed into our volunteer community.
We have dedicated Cat and Dog Foster Coordinators and they will contact you when a potential foster pet matches your living circumstances. You are also welcome to put your hand up for any animals that are promoted on our Facebook page that are seeking foster care. Never fear – you are not handed an animal and left alone to deal with them! A discussion will be had and you have the right to say no.
Once the animal is in your care, there is an expectation that you will foster them for at least two weeks. In that time, we ask that you get to know them, test them safely with males/females, children, other animals, see what are they like on-lead, whether they are toilet-trained, etc. After a fortnight, we require you to complete a biography on your foster pet (examples and assistance can be supplied by your Case Manager) and take quality photos – these will be used to promote the animal on our website and PetRescue.com.au, and find them their forever home. We also give our foster carers the opportunity to adopt their foster pet should they prove a perfect match.
We will cover all vet expenses as long as you liaise with us first and use our preferred clinics (unless of course it’s an emergency) and can provide various pet paraphernalia if you need it; e.g. bedding, toys.
Please note that some animals are adopted more quickly than others. We ask that foster carers be willing to care for a rescue animal for at least a fortnight to a few months (sometimes longer for adult cats).