Foster Program  

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(v) – to give parental care to: nurture
(v) – to promote the promote the growth or development of: encourage

When we say volunteers are the heart and soul of Every Creature Counts, we truly mean it, especially with regard to our volunteer foster homes. Foster homes make an extraordinary impact on our organization and the individual animals we serve. Foster care can mean the difference between finding a home, and living in a shelter, for many animals that are not quite ready for adoption. Foster care provides that extra one-on-one attention that so many animals need, to get them on the road toward finding their forever homes.

Foster Program Overview

Our foster homes provide temporary in-home care for dogs and cats that fall into one of the categories below.
Please click below for a more detailed description of each category.

Medical Foster
Socialization/Training Foster
PetsMart Foster
Kitten Foster

If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer,click here for our foster application.
If you would like more information, please e-mail or call us at 303/546-2704 ext. 7 .

Once you become a foster volunteer, we will contact you when we have an animal in need of fostering in your specific foster category. We will discuss the animal with you, to see if the foster animals needs match with your current availability. Once we have matched you with a foster animal, we will coordinate transportation with you, and make arrangements to get the animal to their new foster home! We do our best to provide supplies (food, litter, etc.) but do not always have supplies available. We ask that you plan to provide supplies as part of the fostering commitment, and we will provide supplies as we have them available.

Are you ready to open your home to an animal in need?
Please consider becoming a foster volunteer today – you can make a difference in an animal’s life!

Click here to complete our foster volunteer application!

Our Foster Programs...

Medical Foster

Animals in this group require different levels of medical care and attention. Some animals may have recently
undergone surgery and need a safe and relaxed environment to recuperate. Special attention may have to be paid to incision
sites or wound dressings may need to be monitored. Other animals may be recovering from an illness
and need close supervision to ensure that they are eating, drinking, and regaining a healthy energy level. In some instances,
we have dogs that undergo treatment for heartworms and need a low-stimulation environment to keep their activity level to a minimum,
a crucial component to successful treatment. The length of time these animals require fostering depends on their specific situation. 

Socialization Foster

Many animals come to us having spent weeks to months in shelters, or on the streets. These animals have had to sacrifice pieces of their personalities in order to survive and are often shy, scared, and skittish. Many have lost some of their trust in humans and require a lot of work on our parts, in the form of love, compassion and attention, to rebuild their willingness to be part of our lives. These guys need as much one on one time as you can give. The length of time varies for this group of fosters as well, and depends on the progress of the individual animal.

PetsMart Foster
Once we place an animal in one of our Adoptions Centers at a PetsMart, we hope that they find their forever family as soon as possible.  Unfortunately for some, this takes a bit longer than we like. Fosters in this group have been in our Centers and just need a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy stores. These animals will typically spend about a week in foster care and then return to an Adoption Center.

Kitten Foster
During the spring and summer months, kitten season is in full swing. Foster homes in this group take on one to two litters of kittens to care for until the kittens are old enough for spay/neuter and adoption. Moms may accompany the litters, depending on the specific situation. Foster homes assist in keeping the kittens as healthy as possible and weening them at the appropriate time, if applicable. Homes that take on kitten fosters transport them to our clinic for their second round of vaccinations, a general health check, and spay/neuter, if the kits are old enough, at some point during the foster period. Once the kittens are old enough, they are placed in our Adoption Centers. 
The foster period varies, based on how old the kittens are when placed in foster care.

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