Welcome to the Friends of the Animal Shelter/Jackson County Animal Shelter Foster Program! Thanks so much for providing a temporary home for homeless animals. You are saving lives!
This Foster Handbook 6-3-14 contains helpful information about fostering animals. Be sure to read over this information (with the whole family) and ask questions if you are uncertain about anything. The information is tried and true techniques tested by our veteran foster volunteers. Some is from successful foster programs at other shelters, and some is from medical journals and publications. There is a lot of information out there—books, internet, experts, etc. and we encourage you to learn as much as possible. Supplemental literature about young kitten/puppy care is available upon request.
By becoming a foster parent, you are joining a team of dedicated volunteers who support each other in their efforts to help those Shelter animals that need special care. Please take advantage of their experience by asking for advice and developing friendships with other foster parents. Many experienced foster volunteers are willing to come to your home to help with any issues (e.g., health, training, animal proofing) you may have, and all you have to do is ask!
We strongly encourage you to use the emergency contacts sheet if you believe there is a health emergency with one of your foster animals. There are no “stupid questions,” and the people listed on that list are more than happy to help. Most of them have experienced the things you are going through, and they know the answers because they were once in your shoes.
Please be aware that you may experience some common health issues when fostering a shelter animal. Due to stress and change of diet, diarrhea may be a common symptom during the first few days. If it persists for more than a week, first contact the foster coordinator. The Shelter Staff does try to de-flea, de-tick, de-worm, clean ears for ear mites, and other common parasites before releasing a foster animal into your care. This is not always 100% effective, so your own pets may be exposed. Therefore, it is very important for you to keep your own pets up to date on shots and treatments, such as flea and tick prevention.
Again, thank you for joining our program. We hope this will be an enjoyable and educational experience for you, and the animals, thank you for your help!
Foster Program Coordinator
Friends of the Animal Shelter
Jackson County Animal Care and Control