One of the most important things you can do to help the Shawnee animals is to foster a dog, cat, puppy or kitten. Each year we help rescue organizations pull hundreds of animals from the shelter. These rescues are located elsewhere in Oklahoma or are in another state. The rescues need a little time to arrange transport and secure long-term fosters in their area. Meanwhile, the animals just pulled from the shelter need a bit of additional time, rest, recuperation, vaccinations, health certificates and/or other medical care or socialization before they are ready to be transported to the rescue organization. And, many rescue and transport groups require at least 14 days in a temporary foster home before they are transported. We depend on our dedicated foster families to fill this gap and give these animals a quiet respite away from the hubbub of shelter life until they are ready for to be transport to the next stage of their journey!
Here is a summary of frequently asked questions - you can also give us a call at 575-208-4869 and we would be happy to discuss fostering and answer any questions!
Most foster families already have dogs or cats or both. The key to fostering is proper introduction which often includes initial separation until the critters get used to each other. Our foster handbook explains this in detail.
Yes - their first stop after being pulled from the Animal Control facility is straight to the vet!
Our vet will provide all necessary care and it is paid for by FORA. If you are not able to take your foster to the vet, one of our foster cooridinators can assist.
The average foster period until transport to a partner rescue is 2 weeks. Sometimes it is less, sometimes a bit more. For dogs or cats in the FOSA rescue program, the fostering period is until adoption. We will discuss with you what type of fostering works best for your family!
Please be assured that should you encouter any problems with your foster we will make arrangements to pick him or her up immediately. We want fostering to be a positive experience for everyone involved, so you don't have to feel obligated to keep a foster in your home if you feel it isn't working out.
The first step is to fill out a foster application. Next, you will be contacted by a Foster Ambassador. We provide training and all the supplies you will need.
If you have any questions or suggestions, we would be pleased to hear from you!