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Puppy Foster Program

Actively recruiting Foster Parents for 2017-2018

The VBAS Puppy Foster Program was established in response to homeless puppies within the city of Burbank arriving without a mother to care for them. Throughout the year, the shelter can receive dozens of puppies less than eight weeks old. Whether they come in as a single stray or an entire litter, these tiny canines are too young to survive in a shelter environment.

Foster volunteers house these young puppies and provide essential care – feeding, socialization with humans and other animals and medical care. Once the foster puppy is old enough and big enough he or she is available for adoption directly from the shelter.

Contact Us: PFP Program questions hilary@thevbas.org



Puppy Foster Volunteer

“Fostering a Puppy Changes the Future”

The Puppy Foster Program is actively recruiting Bottle Feeders and volunteers for 2017-2018!

Each year the Puppy Foster Program (PFP) takes in orphaned puppies to care for until adoption to their forever homes. Our puppy foster program is essential to their well-being. Without programs like the PFP, many of these puppies would not survive. We are always in need of volunteers to open their hearts and homes to raise them to adoption.

What does fostering entail?

Fostering can include rehabilitating sick or injured puppies, but is primarily for orphaned or unsocialized puppies. Foster families provide warm,
loving homes and care for puppies until they can be adopted. The PFP will provide all supplies and medical care needed to foster; the volunteer provides love, care, socialization, and timely attention to medical needs.

Who can foster?

Anyone with a secure environment, the necessary schedule, transportation and the ability to stay connected to PFP can foster puppies. Depending on your availability and experience, there is a foster situation for you. You do not need past experience, our foster program will train and support you during your fostering experience.

What types of puppies go into foster care?

Puppies that are too small to stay at the shelter, anywhere from 1-2 days old up to 8 weeks of age, will come into foster care. Rarely one will need to be bottle fed (bottle feeders) or will be transitioning from the bottle to solid food. Most are eating solid food but may need socialization or medical attention. Based on your availability and experience, our foster program will communicate with you to determine the right match. Puppies often come one at a time, but if a litter comes in we make appropriate arrangements based on the needs of the puppies.

What would my responsibilities include as a foster parent?

Caring for puppies, making sure they are eating and drinking, providing medications according to the medical staff (if applicable), bringing puppies in for routine or as needed appointments, or for showing to the public, and communicating with the foster program as to the progress of the foster puppies. Puppies stay in foster care until they are ready for adoption directly from the shelter. Foster volunteers are not usually involved in the adoptions.

This sounds great! How can I become involved?

If you want to open your home to foster puppies, please complete our Puppy Foster Application. Our PFP recruiter will be in touch with you upon receiving your profile.

If fostering puppies is not possible but you would still like to help the program:

Want to Volunteer?

For more information, please contact:
PFP Recruiter: Jen Ligler
jenligler@thevbas.org

Next Steps:
Please complete the Puppy Foster Volunteer Application. You will be interviewed to match your lifestyle with the appropriate puppy.



Adult Volunteer

The VBAS is a 100% volunteer-run organization, which means we are looking for committed volunteers who are able to provide basic care for the animals and assist with adoptions as well as participate in and run our various programs.

Volunteer Requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must commit to volunteer 8 hours per month and attend 5 of our 10 volunteer meetings per year.
  • You must commit to volunteering for a minimum of one year.

Orientation

    • Orientation occurs every other month.
    • Please allow 60-90 minutes for the orientation.
    • During Orientation we will cover general Shelter duties, event committees, VBAS requirements, training, KFP, take a tour and Q&A.
    • Orientation is on a first come first served basis.  The first 30 people to sign up will be able to attend Orientation.  If you miss this you will have to wait and attend the NEXT Orientation posted date.
  • Due to circumstances beyond our control, our November orientation has been canceled.  We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you’ll check back here for our January orientation session!

Volunteer Application Process

  • Sign up and attend an orientation.
  • Following orientation, complete the application which will be available on this page for one week.
  • Upon receipt of your application, you will be given a list of Volunteers available for you to observe.  You must complete at least 2 observation sessions at the Shelter.
  • You will then be moved on and be interviewed by a VBAS member.
  • You will then go through LiveScan and a background check as required by the City of Burbank.
  •  Please note: completion of any or all of the above steps does not automatically constitute acceptance as a VBAS volunteer.  Upon approval from both the VBAS and the Burbank Police Department, your badge will be available and you will be contacted to schedule your first training session.



Community Outreach

As part of our effort to achieve the goals set forth in our organization’s mission statement, the VBAS strives to be an educational resource within the community for animal lovers and pet owners. Knowledge and tools regarding a variety of animal care topics are shared with the public via VBAS publications, presentations and social networking sites.



About Us

Mission Statement

The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) animal service agency, is devoted to providing medical, social, behavioral and financial care for animals at risk and determined to eliminate animal homelessness in the Burbank community.

Vision Statement

While serving the Burbank Community, the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter will provide the best possible care to the animal residents at the Burbank Animal Shelter. We will achieve this vision through constant education of our volunteer leaders, implementing an animal-friendly adoption policy that places our residents in the best possible homes and prevent as many animals as possible from entering the shelter through an aggressive spay/neuter program. Our organization will become a model for similar volunteer animal welfare organizations.



City of Burbank Animal Shelter

Location
1150 North Victory Place
Burbank, CA 91502
Map

Contact Information
Phone: (818) 238-3340

Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sunday: 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Closed Monday and Major Holidays

The Burbank Animal Shelter will be closed on the following holidays:

Friday, January 1 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 15 Presidents’ Day
Monday, May 30 Memorial Day
Monday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 5 Labor Day
Friday, November 11 Veterans’ Day
Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 25 Day After Thanksgiving
Monday, December 26 Christmas Day (observed)

Burbank Animal Shelter Website (External Link)



Kitten Foster Volunteer

The Kitten Foster Program is always recruiting fosters!
SIGN UP TO FOSTER HERE

Every year hundreds of kittens arrive at the Burbank Animal Shelter, but the shelter does not have the capacity to house them all. The VBAS Kitten Foster Program (KFP) was established in 2001 to meet this need, and each year KFP saves over 250 tiny kittens. Without this program these kittens would not survive.

Kitten Foster Parents take in these tiny kittens and care for them until they reach 2 pounds and can be adopted. We are always in need of more volunteers to help! We need you!

Fill out the Kitten Foster Volunteer Profile and a recruiter will be in touch with you upon receiving your profile.

Have questions? Check out some answers below!

What does fostering entail?
Foster families provide warm, loving homes and care for kittens until they reach adoption age. We provide training, supplies and all medical coverage. When your kitten reaches adoption age, we will help you (marketing, advertising, adoption fairs) find a purrfect adopter. Our adoption rate is 100%.

Who can foster?
Anyone with some spare time can foster kittens. We will match you to kittens that fit your lifestyle. Past experience is not necessary, just a love of kittens!

What types of kittens go into foster care?
Kittens that are too small to stay at the shelter (anywhere from 1-2 days old up to 8 weeks) go to foster. Some need to be bottle fed, others are eating already eating solid food, some may need socialization or medical attention. Based on your availability and ability, KFP will find you the right match.

What would my responsibilities include as a foster parent?
Caring for and playing with kittens, making sure they are eating and using the litter box, administering medications according to the medical staff (if applicable), bringing kittens in for medical appointments, attending adoption events, and communicating with the foster program as to the progress of the foster kittens. Kittens remain in foster care until they are adopted, and our adoption rate is 100%.

This sounds great! How can I become involved?
Please complete our Kitten Foster Volunteer Profile. A recruiter will be in touch with you upon receiving your profile.

If you can’t foster, but would still like to help the program:

For more information, please contact:
KFP Recruiter: Fabiola
fabiola@thevbas.org