KSPCA FOSTERING PROGRAM
Pet fostering provides temporary care to shelter animals who, for a variety of reasons, need to live in a home environment prior to adoption. Fostering helps relieve overcrowding and reduces an animal’s stress by providing a temporary and supportive sanctuary while it awaits permanent adoption.
WHICH ANIMALS ARE BEING PUT UP FOR FOSTERING?
- Puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted (0-6 weeks)
- Nursing cats and dogs
- Ill, injured, disabled or other animals that may need regular medication or medical attention
- Dogs in need of socialization and training in a home or family environment
- Any animal that is highly stressed in a shelter, particularly older dogs and cats
- Previously abused, neglected or abandoned animals that need to form a healthy bond with people
WHO CAN FOSTER?
To be a successful foster parent, you will need a compassionate nature, the cooperation of your family or roommates, flexibility, and some knowledge of animal behavior. You also must understand that there is a possibility that the foster pet may or may not be adopted when returned to KSPCA. The length of time a foster pet may stay in your home varies with the animal’s situation. As a foster parent you will also need to offer the pet with all basic needs i.e. food, shelter and love.
- We are looking for a family or individuals that would like help take care of animals until they get a forever home.
- Individuals or families that wish to have an animal but cannot offer them a forever home. i.e. those that are living in Kenya for a short while and love animals, those that love to travel and are on contract and also love animals.
- This is also an opportunity for learning how to take care of an animal. KSPCA is ready to offer the necessary services.
HOW DOES FOSTERING BENEFIT THE ANIMAL?
- By living in a home with a family, pets are able to learn something new every day while getting one-on-one attention from their foster family. New experiences and unfamiliar sounds can be terrifying for an animal not used to them, but by having someone by their side to show them that these things aren’t too scary, they get a bit braver each day.
- When animals are in a foster program, they’re able to enjoy a more relaxing environment while getting the one-on-one attention they need. This can be especially helpful for very shy and fearful animals, or those who need a bit of extra help with socialization. They build confidence by learning how to trust people.
- Foster homes are also essential for pets with special needs or those who are recovering from an injury or surgical procedure.
HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT YOU AS A FOSTER PARENT?
Fostering also comes with the benefits that we give ourselves. By opening our hearts and home to a shelter pet, even for a very short time, we feel a sense of accomplishment. When our duty has ended for each pet, we can be happy knowing how much difference we made. The commitment to fostering is as important to you as it is to the animal. You have shown compassion in ways most only wish they could. Also fostering is a way to test if your family is ready to fully commit before adopting a pet.
WHY SHOULD YOU FOSTER KSPCA ANIMALS?
- Fostering is very important because it helps reduce overcrowding in KSPCA and opens up space for another animal to be saved. It also helps prepare animals for adoption by giving them a chance to live in a home where the can fully express their personality.
- Some of the animals have not been vaccinated but when the time comes for them to be vaccinated or get any other medical attention, KSPCA will cater for any veterinary services needed within the period of fostering.
Some say they could never foster a pet because it would be too hard to say goodbye when the pet is adopted, but consider the alternative. It may be hard to say goodbye to the animal you’ve bonded with, but it’s important to remember that by opening your home, you are saving a life and each pet you foster is a new life saved. You become an important part of the mission to save pets without a home by not only giving that individual animal hope, but by making a difference for all animals.