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Cape Cod Foster Program
The MSPCA Foster Care Program is a life-saving extension of our adoption center.
Foster parents provide temporary homes for animals that aren’t quite ready for adoption or who need help finding an adoptive home.
Fostering is a personal and wonderful way to contribute to saving the life of a homeless animal. We currently depend on the generosity and dedication of over 400 foster families. Thankfully we have a wonderful network of foster homes and some of our current needs for foster care are full.
The time required to foster varies depending on the species and the reason for foster. The foster period can be as little as two weeks or as long as many months depending on the needs of the particular animal. For our Adoption Ambassador foster program we ask foster parents to foster the animal until he/she is adopted.
What are the Requirements for Foster Parents
If you rent your current apartment, we recommend you gain permission from your landlord or rental company or check your apartments pet policy before you foster. Foster families will need to dedicate the time to make frequent visits to the adoption centersif, and when needed. For this reason all foster parents should be within a reasonable driving distance to the MSPCA.
Is Fostering Right For You?
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!
What Does the MSPCA Provide for a Foster Animal?
We will provide you with all the supplies needed: Food, bowls, leash, collar, medication and litter are all provided by the MSPCA. We’ll send anything the animal is attached to, such as a bed or special toys. Our vet staff will care for the animal if the need for medical attention arises, and we will incur those costs. Foster animals are not to be brought to your family veterinarian or another MSPCA veterinarian without prior approval from our staff.
For more information on our Foster Volunteer Program, please call the Adoption Center at 508-775-0940..