When you visit Montgomery County Humane Society (Rockville, Maryland 20850) (or your local shelter or rescue), do you wish you could take home all the animals you see?
There’s a way you can come close — become a foster caregiver. Fostering allows you to provide temporary care for a homeless animal before it gets adopted permanently. A typical experience lasts a few weeks to a few months with any one animal. Every foster experience is different, but MCHS needs their fosters to commit to helping more than one pet. Once your first foster animal goes to its permanent home, you take in another one, and the momentum builds. Fosters often tell MCHS about the good feeling they get from knowing just how many animals they’re able to help.
The need for foster homes is especially great right now. Every spring, shelters around the country are flooded with homeless kittens, puppies and other young animals. MCHS is no exception, with the number of animals swelling from early spring and continuing until early fall. Fosters help MCHS greatly increase the number of animals who find loving, permanent homes.
Top 10 Reasons Become an MCHS Foster
10. You have time to make a commitment to one or more animals for a short period.
9. You have lots of love to give and want to provide TLC for animals in need.
8. You want to help ease the burden on the shelter, help MCHS care for more animals, and speed the adoption process.
7. Your home environment makes it possible for the animal to adjust to a new home that much faster.
6. With MCHS guidance, you can choose the type of animal you’d like to foster.
5. MCHS pays for basic shots, spay/neuter, and medical costs.
4. You’ll extend your own network of friends among other fosters and adopters.
3. You can help find the animal’s new home by attending adoption events, writing a profile and featuring photos on the MCHS web site.
2. You’re giving deserving animals a second chance at life.
1. You’re a hero to your foster animals, the families who adopt them, and friends and family.
Foster Volunteer Requirements and Commitments
- Approval from your landlord if you are renting
- Provide your own transportation to the shelter and for veterinary appointments
- Have a flexible schedule
- Commit to at least six months in the program
- Complete a Foster Care Application and sign a foster care agreement
- Agree to a home visit/training interview by foster staff
- Ability to lift, push, carry 15-20 pounds
- Offer physical separation from your own animals as needed