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Foster Program

Welcome to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s foster program, Tender Loving Caregivers (TLC). The Humane Society often receives animals who cannot be immediately adopted into permanent homes for various reasons. Typically these young or injured animals just need a little extra time before they can be placed in the adoption program. Foster parents generously open their homes to special-needs animals and help the Humane Society continue to find great homes for great pets. These Tender Loving Caregivers truly make a difference for these animals.

Foster a PetBecoming a Foster Parent

Application Process

All potential foster parents must first attend a general volunteer orientation. Active volunteers are welcome to pursue foster training at any time. Junior volunteers interested in becoming foster parents must have parental consent, and a parent must be willing to attend a foster orientation.

Anyone 14 years or older who is interested in fostering should fill out a Tender Loving Caregivers application and return it to the foster coordinator.

Foster Screening

Foster parents are Humane Society of Greater Dayton representatives, when they are caring for our animals. As such, each foster parent must provide animal-care standards matching our own.

After a potential foster parent has turned in an application, the animal care administrator will arrange an interview. The interview accomplishes two things. First, it allows us to familiarize potential fosters with the policies, procedures, expectations, requirements and guidelines for foster care. Second, the interview allows us to determine the suitability of individuals for foster care within our organization. Our goal is to match fosters with the animals for whom they are best suited.

Once a foster parent has been accepted into and agrees to participate in the TLC program, he or she will be asked to sign a foster agreement and, as necessary, enroll in the appropriate foster training.

Foster Training

Based on previous foster experience, new foster parents are placed into various Tender Loving Caregivers levels and are required to attend a brief training session. Levels of the TLC program are described below:

 

TLC Level One   

  • May foster cats and kittens who fall into the following categories:
    • Litter of kittens viable without a mother’s care (6 weeks or older)Kitten w-syringe
    • Mother with a litter of kittens 4 to 6 weeks of age
    • Shelter cats in need of a break from the facility
    • Adult cats needing more socialization
  • May foster dogs and puppies who fall into the following categories:
    • Litter of puppies viable without a mother’s care (6 weeks or older)
    • Mother with a litter of puppies 4 to 6 weeks of age
    • Shelter dogs in need of a break from the facility
    • Adult dogs needing more socialization

 TLC Level Two

  • May foster cats and kittens who fall into the following categories:
    • Litter of kittens 4 to 6 weeks of age
    • Mother with a litter of kittens newborn to 6 weeks of age
  • May foster dogs and puppies who fall into the following categories:
    • Litter of puppies 4 to 6 weeks of age
    • Mother with a litter of puppies newborn to 6 weeks of age
  • May act as a foster mentor to TLC Level One foster parents
  • May teach the TLC Level One training course

TLC Level Three

  • May foster cats and kittens who fall into the following categories:
    • Litter of kittens or orphaned kittens under 4 weeks of age
    • Injured/sick animals
  • May foster dogs and puppies who fall into the following categories:
    • Litter of puppies or orphaned puppies under 6 weeks of age
    • Injured/sick animals
  • May act as a foster mentor to TLC Level One and Two foster parents
  • May teach TLC Level One and Two training courses

Active Duty

Call for Action

Once you have completed the appropriate training, you are able to actively participate in the TLC program. When the Humane Society of Greater Dayton receives animals in need of foster care, the foster coordinator will call and offer you a foster opportunity. He/she will tell you who needs to be fostered, how long the foster may last, and what special concerns need to be addressed. You will be asked to decide quickly whether to accept or refuse the foster assignment.

If you decide to accept the foster animals(s), you should pick them up at our facility as soon as possible. You will need to speak with the foster coordinator, who will give you specific information and directions for the care of the animal(s) going to your home. You will receive a copy of the foster card, which will describe the animals(s) entering your care, the reason for foster care, when they received vaccinations and the date that they are to return to the Humane Society. Be sure to ask for careful directions regarding how to apply or administer any medication.

Before leaving with your new foster pet(s), you will be supplied with the following items:

Cats and kittens:

  • Cat carrier (if needed)
  • Starter bag of litter*
  • Starter bag of food*
  • Play cage (if available)
  • Medical supplies (if necessary)

Dogs and puppies:

  • Leash and collar
  • Crate
  • Starter bag of food*
  • Medical supplies (if necessary)

More Information

For more information on becoming a foster parent, contact Janie Davis, foster coordinator, at jdavis@hsdayton.org. You may also reach her by phone, at 937/262-5937.

Resources

 

* The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is generally only able to provide foster parents with starter bags of food and litter. When the supplies run out, it is the responsibility of the fosters to purchase food and litter at their own expense; these purchases are, however, tax-deductible. In certain circumstances (e.g., special dietary needs, large litters of puppies, etc.), the Humane Society may be able to provide more assistance. If your foster animal(s) fall into one of those special circumstances, you will be informed at the beginning of their foster placement.

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