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Foster Manual

Friends of the Animal Shelter Foster Manuals

Welcome to the Friends of the Animal Shelter Foster Program, serving the animals at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Thank you so much for providing a temporary home for homeless animals. Your efforts will save lives by taking an animal with an uncertain future to their forever home.

Our Foster Handbook(which you can download above) contains valuable information about fostering animals. Included is advice and techniques recommended by our veteran foster volunteers as well as methods found to be successful at other foster programs all over the country. This manual should be considered a reference for anything and everything foster related.

By becoming a foster parent, you are joining a team of dedicated volunteers. Our foster program is designed to support foster parents every step of the way. You will be part of a collaborative effort between other foster parents, the Foster Coordinator and Shelter Staff. The support you will receive covers everything from providing foster supplies, helping answer questions about the care of the animal, providing medical advice and helping with the promotion and adoption of the animal.

Again, thank you for joining our team. We are thrilled to have you become part of a program that is saving lives!


Courtney, Dog Foster Program Coordinators  email
Terri, Cat Foster Program Coordinator, email 
Adopt from your local animal shelter

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Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to volunteer with FOTAS

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Spay/Neuter Your Pet

Spay/Neuter Services

Help stop overpopulation

Foster Opportunties

Foster Opportunities

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Our Animal Shelter

The Animal Shelter

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Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1990 to support the programs of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Our vision is for all adoptable animals at the Jackson Country Animal Shelter to find a loving home. Our mission is to recruit and train volunteers who will save lives by increasing pet adoptions at the Jackson Country Animal Shelter, improve the quality of life for the Shelter’s animals, promote spay and neuter, and facilitate outreach and educational activities about the humane treatment of companion animals throughout Jackson County. Our values are: Service, Compassion and Generosity.

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