Each year the MSPCA at Nevins Farm takes in over 7,000 animals, but some of these animal are not yet ready to be placed in homes. Many of these animals are in good health and quickly find homes, but others are not ready for adoption because they are ill, injured, pregnant, not socialized, or too young.
General Fostering Information
The goal of foster care is to assist the animals in becoming more adoptable.
The program allows people to provide a nurturing environment in their home
where the animal(s) can receive the care they need to grow, heal and
socialize. This improves their chances of finding a new, loving home. Some
may need regular training, while others need a quieter space and still others
may have medical or special needs that would be better cared for in a home
environment. The time required to foster varies depending on the species. It
can be from as little as one week to many months, depending on the needs
of the particular animal. The Foster Program helps our adoption centers to
expand their resources of time, space and finances, thus allowing us to care
for more animals.
Is Fostering Right For You?
There are many things to consider when taking on a foster animal. You will
need to discuss the requirements with a staff person but here are a few
things to help you decide if fostering is right for you. You will need to plan
to visit the prospective adoption centers to meet and discuss matching
you with the appropriate foster animal. Foster families will be required to
take on responsibility for routine care during the foster period. Home
checks may be required to insure that the foster home is suitable for
the prospective foster animal. All existing animals in the foster home must
be up to date on vaccines.
Every family member in the household will need to be prepared for the
commitment and emotional aspects involved with fostering. Foster
families will need to have the time and flexibility to make frequent visits
to the adoption centers if and when needed.
Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and one that takes a real
commitment. The emotional aspects of fostering are difficult and should be
discussed with all family members. It is easy to fall in love with any animal
- especially one that has depended on you - and it can be hard to see them go
to a new home. The wonderful part of fostering is knowing that you played a role
in getting them there!
For more information on fostering for the Noble Family Animal Care and
Adoption Center call 978-687-7453 ext. 6119.
For more information on fostering for the Equine or Farm Animal Adoption Centers click here