We are always in need of loving families who can open their hearts and homes to our animals.
Fostering can be a long and short term commitment depending on your availability. Some animals just need a safe place to land while they recover from surgery and then there's some who are perfectly healthy and just need a place to crash until a forever home can be found. Fostering is an integral part to rescue. These unwanted animals will get a chance to thrive and for some they will feel what it is like to be part of a family for the very first time in their lives. Fosters play a crucial role in helping these animals succeed in their forever homes which makes for a better outcome in their rescue journey.
Animals' personalities while living in stressful situations (e.g., in a shelter or on the street) can be very different from when they are living within the comfort of a loving home. Fostered animals, when given time to decompress, will show their true personalities within a few weeks. All they need is safety, a warm bed, food, and lots of patience. This, in turn, helps them find their forever homes more easily as you get to know them and learn what kind of home they will need where they can continue to thrive.
The job of a foster parent is simply to provide a safe space for the animal in need. In most cases, the foster family will be required to teach basic obedience and leash manners all in an effort to prepare them for life in the real world. This is why fostering is more than just lending out your home. Fosters are in essence, the most important part in an unwanted animals journey. Your interactions with your foster will help them succeed in their forever home, so please keep that in mind if you are looking for just a cuddle buddy. Unless you're fostering a senior, they're going to need more than cuddles to succeed. You will be provided with resources to help with training, along with beds, bowls, collars, leashes, a crate and any other items that your foster animal may need while in your care. Apollo's ARC covers all medical expenses. We always appreciate when foster families help cover some of the costs by donating food, treats, or toys, but it is not a requirement.
If you are interested and ready to foster one of our animals, we would love to speak to you! Please complete our foster form online by clicking on the link below or downloading our fostering application (found under the 'Forms' section). You may also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message in our ‘Contact Us’ section.