Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why does Coolwag Rescue need a Foster Care Program? — The program was created for animals who are too young or need special care before they can be placed in permanent homes. It opens up space at the shelter for animals who are ready for adoption and allows more lives to be saved. Foster homes lso give kittens a strong start in life, protecting their health and enhancing their development.
2. How do I become involved?— It’s easy! Fill out a foster care application. Bring or send your application to us and chances are you will soon be experiencing the joy of being a foster parent!
3. What animals have the greatest foster need? —Kittens! We need people to foster kittens more than any other animals. Some need to be bottle fed while others are weaned and just need to reach two pounds so they can be spayed/neutered. We sometimes have mother cats with litters of kittens in need of foster care.
4. What are the qualifications to be a foster parent? —Your pets should be current on their shots. You need to have a room (bathrooms and utility rooms work well) to keep your foster animals separate from your own animals. You do not need previous experience as we will provide training and ongoing consultation.
5. What does it cost to be a foster parent? —The cost is minimal. We provide cages and starter supplies if needed. It helps us if you can provide ongoing food, supplies and lots of TLC! We cover any medical needs through our clinic. We will do our best to be sure providing foster care doesn’t create a hardship for you.
6. It’s the middle of the night and my foster animal is sick, what can I do? —You can call our after-hours emergency number at xxx-xxx-xxxx if problems arise in the night.
7. Can I adopt my foster animal?— Of course! But first, you’ll need to bring your foster animal(s) back to us so they can be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped before adoption. After completing the adoption paperwork and process, you will be free to take your new pet home!
8. Yikes! I don’t know anything about kittens, how can I be a reliable foster parent?— It’s easy! We provide free training, assistance, and vet care plus a 24-hour emergency phone number.
9. I have other cats and dogs.— Will they adjust to the new foster animals? Your new foster animals must be kept separate from your own animals. It is likely your own pets will adjust quickly to the scents of your foster pets. The staff is here to advise you each step of the way.
10. I work during the day, how can I be a foster parent?— You can foster weaned kittens or kittens with mothers and just be sure they have plenty of food and water before you leave for work. Oh, and don’t forget a litter box!