Are you able to open your heart and your home to an animal in need? Now could be the purrfect time to become a foster care parent!
Each year the MSPCA Cape Adoption Center takes in many hundreds of animals, but some of these are not yet ready to be placed in homes. That’s when we rely on the love and open homes of our foster care families. The Foster Care Program is a life-saving extension of our adoption center, where foster parents provide temporary homes for animals who may be ill, injured, pregnant, nursing, under-socialized, or too young.
Foster parents are caring, compassionate people who want to make a difference in an animal’s life. What you give is the opportunity to help save lives, and in return you receive unconditional love.
The majority of animals in need of foster care are cats and kittens, with occasional need for dogs, rabbits, and other small animals. The time needed in a foster home varies depending on the animal’s specific needs. It can be as little as one week to a few months. Some animals may have special medical or behavioral needs, such as training or medication. Some reasons an animal might need foster care include:
Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and is a personal and wonderful way to help save a life. However, there are many things to consider when taking on a foster animal. Every family member in the household will need to be prepared for the commitment and emotional aspects involved with fostering. All existing animals in the foster home must be spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines. Foster parents will need to have the time and flexibility to make frequent visits to the adoption center when needed. Foster families will be required to take on responsibility for all daily care of the animal(s) during the foster period, including socializing, feeding, medicating, grooming, and ensuring the animal’s safety while following the MSPCA philosophies and policies. The Adoption Center staff will work with you to make sure we match you with an animal who is right for your lifestyle and schedule.
We will provide all supplies needed, including food, dishes, litter, bedding, and toys. The MSPCA also provides all vet care needed for foster animals. Foster families must follow the MSPCA foster program policies for any medical treatment needed.
If you are interested in fostering for the Cape Cod Adoption Center, please complete an application either online by clicking here, calling us at 508-775-0940 or visiting us during our open hours to complete an application. Foster parents must be at least 18 years of age. Once we receive your completed foster care application, we will contact you when we schedule the next orientation. Orientations are usually every Thursday afternoon at the Adoption Center. Due to the number of applications we receive, it may be a few weeks before you hear from us regarding an orientation date. We appreciate your patience in waiting for an invitation to our orientation.
Please call the Cape Cod Adoption Center at 508-775-0940.
Thank you for being a true animal hero!