Before You Foster, Ask Yourself these Questions!
Are you able to separate the foster animals from your own?
Foster animals should be isolated from your own companion animals since the health of the foster animals is undetermined. Your resident animals should be fully vaccinated or you are risking the health of your companion animals. Vaccinations include rabies, (CATS: FVRCP, Feline Leukemia) (DOGS: Distemper, Parvo, Coronavirus, Adenovirus Type 2, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Icterhaemorragiae Infections, Leptospira Canicola, and Bordetella). Although not advisable, the animals can be introduced to one another, after a one week quarantine period. A separate room or enclosed area with NO carpet will work best.
Are you aware that there is a great deal of clean-up and even possible damage to your home when you take a foster animal home?
Foster animals have ruined drapes, carpeting, clothing, and other valuable items. Preparing your home and the area the animals will stay in can prevent most accidents, but not all of them!
Are you able to monitor the health of the foster animals?
You will need to pay attention to signs of illness or worsening of symptoms and call the League City Animal Shelter (LCAS) if you are concerned. Friends of League City Animal Shelter (FLCAS) volunteers will help you decide if you should bring the animals in for treatment.
Can you get to us quickly in case of an emergency?
If you feel the animals you are fostering need medical attention, you will be responsible for the cost unless approved by LCAS or FLCAS. You will receive a donation receipt from the Friends if you pay for the care yourself.
Are you emotionally prepared to return the animal to the LCAS after the foster period is up?
It can be very difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached to the animals! Be prepared for tears and heartache when the day comes that you must bring your first foster animals back to LCAS. You will be giving love and attention to the animals everyday and know that they are much more likely to find a loving, permanent home because of YOUR care!
Can you place your trust in the LCAS volunteers to decide what is the best for the animal?
Sometimes adoption is not an option even after the animal has been fostered. Knowing that an animal you have fostered may need to be euthanized can be very hard to deal with. We do not take euthanasia lightly and will only euthanize if the animal’s behavior is a danger to humans or other animals (certain circumstances) or if it is so ill or injured that it is the best thing for the animal.
Do you feel comfortable explaining to friends that these animals are not yours to adopt out and that they must go through the regular adoption process through LCAS?
If you are able to find someone interested in adopting your foster animals, refer them to the LCAS to complete an adoption application.