Our Foster Program allows us to better prepare dogs for adoption into permanent homes. It is a wonderful and rewarding way to help animals in need. When you become a foster parent, you are not only saving the animal in your care – you are providing extra time and space to the animals still at the shelter. The number of dogs that PAWS for Irving Animals is able to save is directly related to the number of foster parents we have.
Our dogs are carefully matched with foster parents for an optimal situation based on both the dog’s and family’s needs. Foster parents provide a positive environment, food and love for the dog while they are in their care.
Steps to becoming a foster
- Complete our online Foster Application.
- Visit with our Foster Coordinator to answer any questions and discuss foster dogs selection.
- Arrange for a home visit with a volunteer to introduce the dog to your home.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fostering
What types of animals are placed into foster care?
Animals that are currently in boarding make up most of our foster placements. Occasionally we have dogs with special needs such as medical issues (typically post-surgery or other medical treatment), future mother-to-be or mom with puppies, and nursing puppies without a mother.
Can I foster if I have pets of my own?
Yes, you may foster animals if you have companion animals of your own. Companion animals within the home often offer great assistance and comfort to a foster dog by modeling appropriate behaviors. Your companion animals must be spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations and well-socialized.
What if I only want to foster a particular type of animal, such as a senior?
Volunteers may specify which type of animal will best suit their experience and circumstances. Every home helps!
I am away from home sometimes. Is that okay?
A reasonable amount of time to be away from an adult dog on a regular basis is 8 hours. Young puppies, ideally, should be let outside at 4 hour intervals. Medications are normally given two to three times daily and can easily be scheduled around work or other commitments.
What should I do to prepare space for a foster animal?
Animals need a quiet, warm and safe space. Dogs should be crated when they are left alone. PAWS for Irving Animals may be able to loan a crate if you need one. Plants, electrical cords and other hazards should be made inaccessible to all animals.
What happens during the home visit?
The home visit allows an experienced volunteer to evaluate the space you will be using for the foster dog. The volunteer will thoroughly explain the program, including expectations, health and medical issues, animal behavior and training techniques. The home visit is a great time to have your questions answered.
Isn’t it hard to say goodbye to foster animals?
Part of the joy of fostering is knowing that the dog will get a great new family that will truly benefit from your efforts. And, if you feel that there is an empty space in your home that needs to be filled, there will always be another animal that needs your help! Learn more about Foster Dog Send Offs.