Foster Parent FAQ

Fostering Video

We would love to get you started saving lives and feeling good about your accomplishments.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster parent volunteer.

There are many rescue groups in the greater -Hillsborough County Area that are in need of foster parent volunteers. FOSTERING IS COOL is dedicated to assisting these rescue groups in finding foster parents. Once you submit a foster parent application, FOSTERING IS COOL will send it to one or more groups that seem to be best suited, in terms of the type of animal you prefer fostering and your location, for you and their foster animal to make your fostering experience one that you truly enjoy

Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own greater-Hillsborough County area homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.

By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding.

Most common reasons animals require foster care:

Kittens and puppies who are too young to be spayed or neutered and adopted out into permanent homes. When the animals are eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds, they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.

Cats or dogs who are nursing a litter of kittens or puppies. Although the shelter is a safe environment, it is not the best for raising babies.

Cats or dogs who are being treated for injuries or illnesses.

The rescue group you foster for provides: all veterinary care and medicine for foster animals, plus plenty of support to foster parent volunteers.

Foster parent volunteers provide: time, pet supplies, such as cat litter, food, a place in their home and lots of love.

How foster care works

Fostering is Cool

Fostering is Cool

When Hillsborough County rescues receives animals who are not ready to be put up for adoption, the rescue’s foster coordinator searches for foster parent) volunteers.

Foster parents come to the rescue groups foster pick up location to pick up the foster animal to take home. At that time, volunteers receive information about the animal’s condition and needs.

Foster parents may need to bring the animal to the rescue groups veterinarian periodically to be examined, receive vaccinations or other treatment.

Once the foster period is over, the foster volunteer returns the animal to the rescue group foster contact..

The rescue group’s medical team will complete final steps necessary to prepare the animal for adoption.

Want to know more about volunteering to foster an animal? Check out these frequently asked questions.

Get started

If you are interested in volunteering with Hillsborough County Area rescue group(s), please follow these steps:

Be of age. The primary caregiver of the foster animal must be at least 18 years old. However, young people can help at home and potentially receive school credit. Inquire more about school credit at the orientation.

Be in the area. Foster volunteers must be able to get to the rescue groups foster coordinator on a regular basis. Please consider the potential commute before applying to volunteer.

Submit an email to Jack. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions About Foster Care

I need community service hours for school and I love animals, but I’m not 18 years old yet. Can I be a foster parent volunteer?

Teenagers looking to fulfill community service hours for school are eligible to receive credit for hours spent fostering animals. However due to insurance issues and safety concerns, only individuals who are at least 18 can sign up as a foster parent.

Young adults and children can help with the foster animals’ in the home, but adults must be the primary caregivers. Talk with your parents to see if fostering will work for your whole family as well as your individual school requirements.

How often does a foster animal need to be brought in for check-ups?

Foster parent volunteers need to transport animals to on a for vaccinations, vet checks, weight checks and spay and neuter surgeries, as directed by your foster coordinator.

What if I’m unavailable to foster an animal when you call?

We will simply call another foster volunteer. We want to make sure you feel like you’ll be able to give the time needed, so we don’t pressure you into taking an animal. If you can’t foster this time around, we’ll just call you the next time.

Will a foster animal have accidents or cause damage?

Foster animals, like any other companion animal in your home, may destroy carpeting, drapes, clothing and other valuable items. Preparing your home and the area the animals will stay in can prevent most accidents, but not all of them.

Do I need to keep foster animals separate from my pets?

Foster animals may need to be isolated from your own companion animals. A separate room or enclosed area with no carpet will often work best (like a bathroom or laundry room).

I love the idea of being a foster volunteer, but I’m worried about how I’ll feel when it’s time for the animal to be brought back to the shelter for adoption.

It can be difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached to a foster animal. Be prepared for tears and some heartache when you bring your foster animals back. But remember foster care volunteers play a crucial part in helping unwanted animals get to permanent, loving homes they deserve.

What if I want to adopt the animal I’m fostering?

This can happen when foster parents fall in love with the animals. Yes, a foster volunteer can adopt their foster. Having available foster homes is crucial for saving lives, so we ask foster parents to consider how adopting a foster animal may affect their ability to continue fostering other animals in the future.


2 responses to “Foster Parent FAQ

  1. Bruce Avery

    September 13, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Something is missing from the sentence (above) which begins “Foster parent volunteers need to transport animals…..”


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