Why are foster homes needed?
Having a Foster Program allows the Humane Society of Midland County shelter animals to be place into a home environment until adopted. The shelter has limited space so fostering directly saves lives! Foster homes that can provide care for un-weaned kittens and puppies, litters, seniors, the sick and injured, for quarantine, and for behavior modification and training are especially needed.
Do I need to be a member of the HSOMC?
Yes. Membership dues are very reasonable with annual dues at $10-15 for a single person and $25 for a household membership. Being a member connects you with the HSOMC group and you will join the email message site to receive information specifically for foster guardians.
How do I get approved to be a foster home?
You can fill out a Foster Application (and Membership Application), or at the shelter located at 4371 E. Ashman Ave., Midland, MI 48640. A member of the Foster Program will contact you to visit your home and answer questions before approval.
What does the HSOMC provide for the care of foster pets?
Medical care is provided by the HSOMC as outlined in the Foster Manual. Both dogs and cats will have age appropriate vaccines, parasite control, and tests. Dog licenses are provided for dogs 4 months of age and older. The Foster Manual and an experienced member of the foster program will be available to answer questions and guidance throughout the fostering experience.
Does HSOMC choose my foster pet or do I?
You will choose the foster pet with the help of the HSOMC foster coordinator and/or shelter director. Foster families will be matched up with suitable foster pets for best results. You are never under any obligation to take any animal to foster. Foster families are encouraged to visit the shelter to get to know all available animals before making a decision.
What is required of the foster pet guardians and homes?
Foster Guardians agree to supply food, cat litter, and non medical supplies for foster pets, and to house the foster pet in their home as part of the family. Guardians agree to take the foster pet for any needed medical care and take the foster pet to 2 adoptathons or events per month. Volunteers are sometimes available to help with transportation and a few hours of foster pet sitting.
Are there any other considerations?
A quarantine time of 10-14 days is required before the foster pet can be at public events to assure good health. Quarantine time also gives the foster pet time to accept you as caregiver and leader and for you to observe behavior and temperament. Having space to quarantine shelter animals from household pets for a short time is best. Your current pets should be up to date on vaccines and parasite control. All members of your family or household should be in agreement to foster.
How long will the animal live in my home?
It depends on the animal. Some are adopted in a few weeks while others take longer. Some foster pets may require health care or training before adoption. Some will have special adoption needs i.e.…a fenced yard or an active family. If a situation arises where you can no longer keep the animal the HSOMC will do their best to find another foster home or will take the foster pet back into the shelter.
How does the adoption process work?
Foster guardians are fully involved in the adoption process with guidance from experienced mentors and volunteers. The HSOMC uses Petfinder.com, Facebook, and the HSOMC web site to feature adoptable animals. Weekly Adoptathons at Petsmart in Midland and other events are available for foster pets to attend to meet potential adopters. Adoption applications are available online, through email, and at events. Veterinarian or personal references are checked and home visits are completed to ensure the best match and lifelong bond between adopter and pet. Most adoptions will be completed in 1-3 days.
What does it feel like when foster pets are adopted?
It is always a little sad when they leave but WONDERFUL to see them in the arms of their new loving family. It is a very rewarding experience that can be repeated!
Do you have any other questions?