Each year the MSPCA’s Animal Care and Adoption facilities across Massachusetts take in over 30,000 animals. Unfortunately, some of these animals are not quite ready for adoption. For some, a foster home offers a haven for recovery from an injury or illness in preparation for a permanent home. Other animals are simply too young and need special care prior to adoption. And finally, there are those that just need a little extra time to socialize and get ready for placement in a permanent home. The MSPCA Foster Care Program is a life-saving extension of our adoption centers. We currently depend on the generosity and dedication of approximately 285 foster families, but we are in desperate need of more.
To learn more about foster care opportunities in your area, please contact your local MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center:
Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center
Cape Cod Animal Care and Adoption Center
Nevins Farm Animal Care and Adoption Center
The goal of the MSPCA Foster Care Program is to assist animals and increase their chances for adoption. The program encourages 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 dramatically improves their chances of finding a new, loving forever-home. Some animals may need regular training while others may need some peace and quiet for a week or two. A foster home environment can enable better care for certain animals with medical or special needs. The time required to foster varies depending on the species, it can be as little as one week or many months depending on the needs of the particular animal. Foster Care families help our adoption centers care for more animals by expanding their resources of time, space and finances.
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 requirements to consider when deciding if fostering is right for you.
-You will need to plan to visit the prospective MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center to meet and discuss matching you with an 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 dedicate the time to make frequent visits to the adoption centers if, and when needed.
(This is a general guideline; please speak with a staff member for complete details)
Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience that requires 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. Oftentimes it can be difficult to see them leave your home for their new forever home. The wonderful part of fostering is knowing that you played a tremendous and extremely crucial role in getting them there!