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.