About the APS Foster Program
APS tries to put dogs and cats into foster homes after they have spent several weeks or months at the shelter without being adopted. This gives them a relief from shelter life and special adoption promotion, while providing space in for another animal. Additionally, the foster volunteer has the opportunity to work with their foster to help increase their chances of being happy in their new home.
Aside from regular day-to-day care (feeding, grooming, exercise), the responsibilities of a foster home may include basic training; behavior modification (to correct problems such as jumping, mouthing, barking, destructive chewing, dashing through doors); socialization and temperament evaluation (to determine whether the dog is good with different types of people and other animals); medical care (dispensing medication, taking the dog to vet appointments), and of course plenty of playtime and snuggling.
Some foster cats and dogs are adopted quickly and may only stay in their foster home for a few weeks, while others may be around for several months until they find their perfect forever home. APS will work with your specific needs to provide you with a foster that best suits your home (i.e. if you have children, other pets, have a fenced in yard, etc.). We will also provide you with information and support, crates, bowls, leashes, medicine, litter boxes, toys, etc.
Adult cats and older kittens who are passed their tiny, fluff-ball stage are most in need of foster homes – especially black cats who are notoriously the hardest shelter animal to find homes for. These adults and older kittens who have been at the shelter for two or more months are very often passed by as adopters choose tiny kittens and cats who stand out with bright, colorful coats. In a foster home these felines can get all the attention they deserve and a special advocate to tell adopters how amazing they are!
Medium-to-large, adolescent dogs are prime candidates for foster homes. They may be overlooked at the shelter because they are too big, unruly, or ordinary-looking. They are past the adorable puppy stage, but still have plenty of puppy energy that needs an outlet. Given enough time, and some basic training, these dogs that might otherwise be euthanized for lack of space now have a chance at finding permanent, loving homes.