If you would be interested in fostering an animal or animals please read on. This page describes our fostering program and tells you how to contact us to become a foster “parent.”
It is our hope that we will be able to place animals in foster homes until a permanent home can be found for them. Our expectation of a foster home is that it provides adequate care to the animals it fosters. Dogs require fencing or supervision when outside and cats should be confined indoors during their stay. The MDAR will cover the necessary expenses to take proper care of our foster animals, including medical, food and other supplies. All animals entering approved MDAR foster homes will be current on vaccinations and have a health checkup if required to address any immediate medical needs. All animals being fostered remain the property of the MonDak Animal Rescue; any adoptions of fostered animals must go through us. Fostering requires the type of person who can take home a needy animal to care for, bond with, and then return to the shelter.
All foster parents must:
- Fill out a detailed application
- Be willing to have a home inspection
- Understand, and agree with, the foster program’s goals
- Meet the MDHS’s adoption standards
- Prove that owned pets are sterilized, vaccinated, and well cared for.
Your interest in becoming a foster volunteer is appreciated. If you would like an application to fill out please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701-577-PETS (7387). We will make sure that you get an application as soon as possible.
Please get involved, together we can make a difference.
9 Ways to Become a Successful FOSTER PARENT
Give your foster animal lots of attention and affection. The animal may have lived a difficult life before coming to your home; your love and attention will help to heal the animal’s physical and psychological wounds.
Learn as much as you can about pet care. Before you bring your foster animal home, learn as much as you can about caring for that animal. Read about feeding, grooming and training. Study the warning signs that may indicate the animal needs veterinary attention.
Make your home pet-friendly. Before you bring your foster animal home, make sure you “pet proof” your home. For example, remove poisonous plants and protect furnishings. Keep the animal’s room warm and comfortable. Also, take steps to prevent the animal from escaping.
Keep your pets up-to-date on their vaccinations. All animals should be current on the vaccinations that protect them from diseases. Before you bring home a foster animal, consult with your veterinarian to make sure your own animals have received the preventive treatment they need.
Keep foster animals away from your own pets. Such an arrangement is not always realistic, especially in long-term fostering situations, but a foster pet may come into your home harboring contagious diseases. Even though your pets are vaccinated against many diseases, it’s a good idea to keep the foster animal away from your pets as an added precaution, if it is possible.
Recognize your limits. Fostering requires a great deal of time and energy – both emotional and physical. Don’t over extend yourself by fostering animals too frequently; you may burn yourself out.
Return the animal to the shelter on time. The shelter depends on you to make its program work. Be sure to return the animal to the shelter at the scheduled time. If you decide to adopt an animal you foster, go through the shelter’s normal adoption process. If a friend or relative wants to adopt the animal you are fostering, that person must go through the shelter’s adoption process – not yours.
Understand that some foster animals will not survive. Many animals who arrive at the shelter come from unknown backgrounds. Despite your best efforts, the animal you foster may develop a severe illness that cannot be treated. Do the best you can to help the animal, but accept the fact that you cannot save them all.
Enjoy being a foster parent. Although fostering takes a great deal of time and commitment, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. You are temporarily providing a needy animal with a loving home environment and helping that animal become more suitable for adoption into a responsible, lifelong home.