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Foster

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Thank you for your interest in providing a foster home to an animal in need!  The Stafford SPCA has a small foster program, but we are always interested in adding a great new foster into our network!

The Stafford SPCA utilizes foster homes for animals in our care who need special attention or who do not thrive in a shelter environment.  Your willingness to take these animals in and provide care for them is indispensable in making some shelter animals adoptable and preparing them for a forever home with a devoted family.

Frequently asked questions

I already own my own pets. Can I still foster pets?
Yes! The Stafford SPCA will make the final decision based on the animal(s) in need of foster homes and the suitability of your existing animals. The Stafford SPCA makes fostering decisions based on the best interest of the animals in need of a foster home. Our foster volunteers often have established pets who get along well with foster pets as they come and go.

What supplies do I need to foster an animal?
Generally, the more things of your own that you can provide for a foster pet, the better, including toys, bowls, bedding, and a crate (for dogs). Stafford SPCA requires the use of crates for foster dogs. If you do not have a crate, we will provide one for you for the duration of the time the foster dog is in your home.

Feeding instructions will be provided to you, and you will agree to feed the brand, type, and amounts of food that we recommend. The supplies that you will need depend on the type and age of animal you foster, but the Stafford SPCA will be in consultation with you to ensure you have what you need.

What kinds of animals are in need of foster homes?
Generally, animals most often in need of foster homes are very young animals, animals recovering from injury, animals particularly in need of socialization, and animals experiencing “shelter stress,” or the tension that can arise from living in even the best shelter environment. These animals need extra attention and TLC in order to become fully adoptable. That’s where foster caregivers are so valuable!

What about veterinary visits?
The Stafford SPCA must approve all veterinary visits in advance. Depending on the age of your foster pet, vet appointments may be scheduled for your pet for routine check-ups and vaccinations. It will be your responsibility to deliver your foster pet to these appointments, or to contact the Stafford SPCA to make other transportation arrangements.
You, as foster caregiver, will not be in charge of scheduling appointments for your foster animal. Only the Stafford SPCA will do that. Likewise, the Stafford SPCA will be responsible for payment for veterinary treatment.

Am I responsible for finding my foster pet its new home?
No. The Stafford SPCA is in charge of the adoptions process from start to finish, including finding the right forever home for your foster pet.
But we do need your help finding a great match! Refer any potential adopters to us, and we will facilitate the process to make sure your foster pet goes to an amazing home.  Final decisions regarding the animal’s ultimate adoptive placement remain the right of the Stafford SPCA in all instances.

Do I need prior fostering experience?
No! Of course, you need to be comfortable providing care for the foster animal we match you with, but we do not require previous fostering experience.
We will not place an animal with you who has special needs that you are not comfortable caring for. We want this to be a great experience for everyone!

Why are foster homes so helpful?
One of your biggest advantages as a foster caregiver is that you can help your foster pet become more socialized, better trained, and more adoptable!  A home is an ideal environment for a companion animal so that they can become comfortable in a home environment and thus be an easier adoptive placement when the time comes.

Also, the more animals that the Stafford SPCA has in great foster homes, the more animals we are able to take in and help at the shelter.

How can I help my foster pet become more adoptable and get adopted?
First, stay in touch with the Stafford SPCA with details and personality quirks, so that we can keep the pet’s online adoption profile updated and engaging.
Second, training and socializing your foster pet is extremely important. Shy dogs, for example, become much more adoptable as they become friendlier and more comfortable with people.  Rambunctious kittens become more adoptable as they learn basic boundaries with their claws and teeth.  Older dogs with potty training issues become more adoptable as their potty training becomes more solidified and accidents occur less frequently.  As you get to know your foster pet, you’ll learn his or her special needs and areas that need improvement.
The Stafford SPCA will help you every step of the way as your relationship with your foster pet develops. We can provide basic training advice, socializing tips, crate training expertise, and other help you may need.

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Getting started

The first step in becoming a foster caregiver is to fill out our foster program application.

Please be thorough in your responses to the questions on the application.  Thorough answers allow us to find the best fit for you, your home, your family, and a potential foster pet.  Please note that filling out an application does not guarantee approval and does not guarantee the placement of a particular pet.  Sometimes we hold onto foster applications for a little while until a suitable pet comes in who would be well-suited for a foster home like yours.

Please submit the completed foster application to [email protected], or fax it to 866-522-8042.

More information

Feel free to look through our foster program contract and foster program manual (links below) to familiarize yourself with how the program works and what expectations will be for foster homes, and what foster homes can expect of us.

If you have specific questions about our program, please don’t hesitate to email our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] OR [email protected]  Or call our Volunteer Coordinator directly at 540-242-0608.

Click for Foster Program Application

Click for Foster Program Contract

Click for Foster Program Manual

Thank you for your interest in fostering!

Have you lost a pet?
Did you find an animal you think might belong to someone else?

If so, please click the button above to go to our Lost & Found Services page, where we explain in detail the process and what actions you can take to get your pet home safely as soon as possible.

Please click on the button above to help us take some items off of our “Wishlist” by donating the items to the Staford SPCA.

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Friends, this is about to be a bit of a rant. You have been warned.

This is our newest resident, Lola. Poor Lola can't catch a break. She was born as part of an unwanted litter that was surrendered to an animal shelter. That shelter transferred her to another shelter, where she was adopted at 7 weeks old. Unfortunately, the family that adopted her intended her to be a present for a young teenage child, who lost interest in her and left her virtually neglected. Lola became unwanted merely because she was seeking attention, which led her to being surrendered to our care.

If there is a lesson to be learned from this, it is for people to STOP getting animals for children that they are not willing to make part of a family commitment. Especially in the fall, we get many calls to take in animals because a teenager is going to college and the parents don't want their animal. Then there are the situations like Lola's. Pets are not toys to be disregarded when a child loses interest or grows out of them. Make a lifelong commitment as a family or don't get a pet.

Ok, stepping off of the soapbox. Let's find Lola a home.

At 11 month old, Lola is confused and sad because she doesn't understand her predicament. She is sweet and playful. Lola has lived with small children and with another dog. She needs a bit of training but she is smart and eager to please.

Please give this girl another chance at a happy life. She has had too much disappointment already for her young age.
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Oh, Acorn.
We’d love to take better pictures of this sweet boy, but he’s much more interested in sitting on our laps and getting pet instead. Based on his habit of running up to us every time we walk in the room, we’re fairly sure he’s part dog.

If you’re looking for a companion who makes you feel loved and important, we can’t think of a better friend than Acorn. Don’t let his age fool you, this 10-year-old goober clearly has the heart of a kitten. Don’t like his name? Other appropriate choices could be Snuggles, Purrs, PetMePlease, Lap Warmer, or even Sir Licks A Lot.

Acorn isn’t picky, he likes other cats almost as much as he likes people. We’re guessing he probably likes dogs as well, since he tends to act like one. Acorn deserves a person to call his own because this boy has entirely too much love to spend his life without a best friend.

Not ready to commit to this sweet boy but still want to show him a little love? Please visit his amazon wishlist to send him a treat!

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HUGE thanks to our volunteer Kelly Hale for her amazing donation today!
She's been volunteering with us for about 8 months now, and she made the generous decision to ask for presents for our shelter animals, instead of herself, for her birthday last month. Even more, she matched each donation that she received from her friends and family with gifts of her own for our shelter pets.
Our critters definitely scored today with all kinds of awesome toys and supplies.
We wouldn't be able to do what we do without volunteers like you, Kelly. Trucker gave Kelly many of his wonderful hugs to say thank you for her generosity and service!
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Serious talk time, folks. We need help for Billie Jane. Our longest shelter resident, Billie has been with us for nearly three years. Billie is an amazing little dog, super affectionate, very playful and smart as a whip. Billie is well-loved by our staff, is walked six times a day and is treated to outside playtime in a kiddie pool, which might be her absolute favorite treat. She has a large room of her own where she spends time lounging on her couch or playing with her collection of balls. Sounds like a pretty good life, we know. But Billie needs more. She’s a mixed-breed working dog and is bored out of her mind. She needs a job, she needs more activity and a way to burn off her energy. We have the land to build an agility course, but lack the equipment. We’ve included a link to her Amazon wish list, and any donations would be potentially life changing for this girl. Although we’re a no-kill shelter and have committed to caring for Billie for as long as she needs us, what we really want is to find a home for her.

Billie is a people dog for sure. What she is not is an animal dog. Our greatest challenge in rehoming her has been her need to be the only pet in a home. If given a home of her own we know that Billie would be an exceptionally loyal, loving and entertaining companion. Especially for someone who is active and understanding of her issues with other animals. We have no doubt there is a perfect home out there, and we’re asking for help in finding it for her. Please share this post with your friends, spread the word and be part of helping this sweet, crazy little dog find the best friend she deserves.

Billie is spayed, utd on all shots and preventatives, has recently recovered from acl surgery, will not ever run out of kisses, is housebroken, crate trained, and is 100% lovable.

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It’s a busy month for animal awareness. In addition to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, October is also National Animal Safety and Prevention Month; a month dedicated to promoting the safe practices of handling and caring for both domestic and wild animals.

Halloween is creeping up on us, and it’s never too soon to start thinking about how to keep your pets safe during the holiday season!
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