FOSTER HOMES ARE CRITICAL TO SAVING LIVES!! Every rescue organization in town is foster-based… they depend on foster homes to save more lives!! Even the county-funded animal shelter (Mongomery Co. Animal Care & Control) uses foster homes. While we don’t currently have an active foster program, we encourage you to reach out to any or all of the local groups listed below to see if you might be a good fit for them. If you are particularly fond of a specific breed, there are rescues that specialize in that breed that use foster networks that spread across the country. Google your favorite breed & the word rescue to find those groups!
COMPANION PET RESCUE OF MIDDLE TN (mostly bully breeds)
SAGLEY’S BIKER BULLY FARM (mostly bully breeds)
PUURRRFECT PAWS RESCUE (cats) – check out their new cat cafe hours!
FINDERS KEEPERS CAT RESCUE (cats)
Before committing to foster, consider the following:
Felines: Adult cats will typically adopt out slower than kittens. Adults cats with exceptional personalities can often remain in foster care for at least 3-6 months, sometimes longer. Kittens usually adopt within 1 to 2 months, but if they are feral or extremely shy it can take a bit longer. Generally speaking, the younger the cat the quicker the adoption. Breed & personality do factor in!
Canines: Typically, the smaller the dog the quicker the adoption. Dogs that are housebroken and get along well with kids, other dogs & cats are deemed most adoptable. Sadly, no matter how exceptional the personality, dogs with the following characteristics are often overlooked or can take several months or more to find homes:
- larger dogs (over 55 lbs.),
- black or black/tan colored dogs,
- older dogs (5+ years), and
- media stereotyped breeds like pit bull terriers, rottweilers, & chows (or even mixes of these breeds).
Please set realistic expectations when committing to help an animal in need, and you can help building the animal’s adoptability resume by learning, socializing & training as much as you can while the animal is in your care.
We can post up to 5 photos of your pet on its web page. The better the photos, the more interest your pet will get from potential adopters. If you have no way to submit pictures, we can find a volunteer to help you. Try to get pictures from various angles (i.e. headshots, sitting, laying, standing from front, standing from side, etc.). Don’t force the pictures. Try to take advantage of photo opportunities when the pet is relaxed. Photos that show a pet’s personality are helpful too… playing with a toy, laying with front paws crossed, wearing a bandana, chewing a bone, cuddling with another pet or human, etc.