Presently WARL has over 75 foster homes; we’d love for that number to grow with your help. Foster homes allow WARL to take more animals into the shelter while providing home care for animals with special needs. The majority of pets placed in foster homes are mother cats and/or kittens that need extra care until they’re mature and healthy enough for adoption. Some pets need a foster home to recover from surgeries such as for a broken leg, or for behavior training like for a pet that is very timid or too exuberant.
Fostering is a life-saving experience for animals and an enriching experience for families. Children learn compassion, patience and responsibility. Adults caught up in busy schedules undergo a change from having to find time to focus on an animal’s needs to wanting to spend even more time with the animal. The majority of foster animals are kittens with or without their moms. We also need foster homes for animals recovering from injuries or surgery, and for animals that can’t tolerate shelter life. It’s a very stressful environment for sensitive animals, and the love and stability of a temporary home often make a huge difference to these animals.
The length of time for foster care varies from a couple days to a few months. WARL retains ownership of the animal and is responsible for its medical care. Shelter staff is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
If you would like to become a foster parent, you can either download the Foster Parent Application form (fill it out then mail it to the shelter), fax it to 508-852-1868 or email it to Melanie@worcesterarl.org (for cats) or Sara@worcesterarl.org (for dogs).
If you have any questions about the volunteer program, contact Ellen@worcesterarl.org