Thank you so much for your interest in helping the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area. One of the most valuable things our volunteers can do is foster animals. Please print and fill out the Foster Care Application Word Doc and bring it in to us.
For more questions please give us a call at (830) 629-5287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of animals need to be fostered?
Animals that benefit from foster care come in many shapes and sizes! The largest foster need HSNBA has is for underage kittens and nursing mother cats and their kittens, mostly during the spring and summer. We also need foster homes for underage puppies and nursing mother dogs and their puppies. Cats and dogs recovering from illness or injuries will enjoy recovering in the comfort of a foster home. In certain circumstances we simply need special temporary homes for a displaced pet.
What do foster homes need to do to become approved to foster for HSNBA?
Fosters must live in Comal County, have a valid picture ID and have access to the internet. All current owned animals residing in the foster home must have up to date rabies vaccinations. Foster homes should discuss fostering with their veterinarian – the veterinarian may suggest additional vaccinations or parasite protection for owned animals to protect them. If the foster home rents, we will need permission from the landlord to foster at the address. Ideally, there should be enough room in the foster home to separate them from owned animals.
How long is the typical foster period?
Average time in foster care is 2-4 weeks. If they become ill, it may be longer. Newborn kittens and puppies will need at least 8 weeks in foster care. Kittens and puppies need to be at least 8 weeks old to be eligible for adoption.
Who handles the veterinary care if a foster becomes ill while in foster care?
Volunteer Veterinarians visit HSNBA regularly, if you feel your foster pet(s) need to be seen, e-mail email@example.com or call 830-629-5287 to make arrangements. If you have a full service vet that you would rather take the foster pet(s) to, at your expense, HSNBA appreciates and allows this. Funds for veterinary care are always in short supply.
What happens if a foster’s owned animal catches a disease from a foster animal?
Any illness contracted by owned animals is the responsibility of the foster parent and their own personal veterinarian. All fosters animals are screened against certain contagious illness and the shelter’s recommendation is to keep owned animals separated from foster animals to avoid contamination.
Do foster homes find adopters for their foster pets?
Animals return to HSNBA for adoption. Foster homes should be able to provide pictures and behavior information about how the animal behaved in their home to help the shelter match the pets with potential adopters. In the event the foster home finds potential adopters for their foster pets, these adopters must come to HSNBA to complete the HSNBA Adoption Application Process. Foster homes will also be invited to off site adoption events to meet potential adopters.
Can foster homes adopt their foster pets?
Of course! By becoming an approved foster provider, you are an approved HSNBA Adopter!
More about fostering!
From Foster to Forever – Finding homes for your foster pets