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BECOME A FOSTER HOME

With your help, we can save more lives!

Our foster care program provides temporary housing and care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies who aren't quite ready for adoption; and for animals who do not do well in the shelter setting. We need loving homes like yours to help these animals in need of a little extra time and care.

  • ANIMAL CARETAKER
    STARTING WAGE: $10/hour (after 90 day probationary period) DUTIES: • Daily Rounds: Checking on animals • Morning cleaning in dogs and cats • Clean/disinfect various areas in the building, as needed • Feed and water dogs and cats • Check food/water for cats and dogs and refill any food/water when necessary • Walk dogs • Do daily dishes and laundry • Perform basic vet care — administer medications, vaccinations, and microchipping (Training provided) • Bathe animals • Complete animal intakes and adoptions • Assist in processing Adoption Applications • Answers phone and checks/follows up on voice messages DESIRED QUALITIES: • Have strong and positive team relationships with staff, volunteers, contractors, board members and interface with the public • Experience and excellence in customer service • Self starting, organized and take initiative to get things done • Positive attitude • Able to multitask • Ability to work with and handle stressed, injured or possibly aggressive animals safely and humanely • Knowledgeable in animal behavior, common diseases, treatments and vaccines • High level of written and verbal communication skill • High level of proficiency with computers and software • Able to keep cool during fast paced days • Ability to reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, or lift/move up to 50 pounds • Valid driver’s license
  • What is included in the adoption fee?
    All of our animals come with age and species appropriate vaccinations (distemper, kennel cough, rabies) and have been tested for either heartworm or FIV (feline AIDS) and FeLV (feline leukemia virus). Each animal is treated for fleas and intestinal parasites, and given preventatives. We microchip each animal and if they are not already spayed/neutered, an appointment is scheduled as soon as possible. Adoption fees help cover the costs of the initial intake protocols and continued care of the animal.
  • Do you adopt out of state?
    We do allow pets to be adopted out of state, but with a few restrictions. Any animal being adopted across state lines MUST be spayed or neutered before adoption, no exceptions. The adopter must also understand that the adoption contract states that a pet must be returned to our facility if they are unable to keep it for any reason.
  • What happens if the pet I am interested in gets adopted by someone else?
    We often get multiple applications in for the same animal. We go in order of application approval, NOT in order of application submission. If the pet you are interested in gets adopted and your application has been approved, it will stay on file for six months.
  • Can I become a Foster if I have pets of my own?
    Yes, we welcome pet owners as foster homes! Please keep in mind that there is always a health risk when exposing your pets to other animals (in any setting), so we require proof that all pets who currently reside in the home are up to date on vaccinations. The number of pets in the home cannot exceed SIX, including the incoming foster(s). However, a litter of puppies or kittens under 16 weeks old is considered the equivalent of ONE pet. Foster pets will not be placed in homes with intact animals of the opposite sex unless it has been determined the animal is too young to breed.
  • What kind of animals need foster care?
    • Puppies and kittens under 12 weeks old • Mothers with nursing litters • Litters without mothers and need to be bottle-fed • Dogs and cats with medical conditions or injuries • Dogs and cats who do not cope well in the shelter environment
  • What expenses are involved with foster care?
    Foster families provide housing, food, bedding and toys for the animals in their care. They also provide exercise, socialization and lots of love! Almost Home provides all medical care for animals in foster homes, including vaccinations, medications and spay/neuter surgery.
  • How long do animals need to stay in foster care?
    The typical foster stay is two weeks to two months, depending on the needs of the individual animal(s) in your care. The timeframe of each foster situation will be discussed with you ahead of time.
  • The Furever Friends
    With a $50/month pledge, you become one of The Furever Friends. Your Pawtnership includes: • Quarterly E-News Subscription • 1 Complimentary Annual Dog Park Membership [Transferable] • 1 Free Adoption with Approved Application [Transferable] • 50% OFF tickets to all AHHS signature events
  • The 40 Years of Rescue Crew
    With a $40/month pledge, you become one of our 40 Years of Rescue Supporters. Your Paw-tnership includes: • Quarterly E-News subscription • 1 Free Dog Park Membership [Transferable] • 1 Free Adoption [Transferable]
  • The Loyal Companions
    With a pledge of $100/month, you become one of The Loyal Companions. Your Pawtnership includes: • Quarterly E-News subscription • Recognition in every newsletter and on the website for one year • 2 Free Dog Park Memberships [Transferable] • 2 Free Adoptions [Transferable] • 4 Free tickets to all AHHS signature events • Recognition from the podium at all signature events
  • The Advo-Cats
    With a $25/month pledge, you become one of The Advo-Cats. Your Pawtnership includes: • Quarterly E-News subscription • 50% off tickets to all AHHS signature events
  • The Leaders of The Pack
    Pledge $150/month to become a Loyal Companion. Your Paw-tnership includes: • Quarterly E-News subscription • Featured story in one newsletter one time per year • Recognition in every newsletter and on the website for one year • 4 Free Dog Park Memberships [Transferable] • 4 Free Adoptions [Transferable] • 6 Free tickets, or a reserved table for 6, for all AHHS signature events • Recognition from the podium at all signature events
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