ATTENTION: COVID-19 FOSTER UPDATE Thank you so much for your interest in fostering! We have had a lot of folks reaching out and while shelters in other areas of the country are struggling with a large number of animals at their adoption centers, we are at a time of year where we have the lowest population of animals. For this reason, we are currently not seeking foster homes but instead seeking adoptive homes for the low number of animals currently in our care. Visit www.mspca.org/adopt to view photos and descriptions of the animals at our three adoption centers.
What may impact our organization sooner rather than later is the economic implications of this situation. Because of the recommendations to cancel gatherings and avoid social interactions, we have made the difficult decision to close our adoption centers with the exception of appointments for adoptions and surrenders, cancel behavior and training classes, and postpone all but emergency visits to our veterinary hospitals. All of these programs generate funds for our nonprofit, allowing us to provide the care and shelter for homeless animals when they need us most. If you’d like to consider a gift, no matter how small, to help us continue the work that we do it would be much appreciated, and can be made easily online.
We would also appreciate donations of pet food from our amazon wishlist, these items will help us keep owners and their pets together as the economic impact of this situation continues to unfurl.
Should anything about the situation change that requires help from our community, we will not hesitate to reach out via our social media sites so please follow us for the most up to date information about our needs and challenges on Facebook and Instagram.
What Animals Need Fostering?
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:
- Mothers with newborn kittens or kittens found without their moms
- Animals who have developed a cold and need some TLC
- Animals recovering from injury, surgery, or illness
- Animals that just need a little extra time to socialize and get ready for placement in a new home
- Animals that have been at the adoption center a long time and would like a break to relax in a home environment
Is Fostering Right For You?
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.
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!
What Does the MSPCA Provide For A Foster Animal?
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.
How Do I Become a Foster Parent?
For more information on fostering for the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center call 978-687-7453 ext. 6119, or fill out our online application. PLEASE NOTE – ALL FOSTER ORIENTATIONS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK.
Support our Foster Program
Want to help us support our awesome volunteer foster families? We have an Amazon Wish List organized with all of the things needed the most. Thank you for your support!