FOSTER A CAT or DOG and SAVE A LIFE. In order to carry out
our mission and save animals, we need foster parents to provide
a safe, loving home for a cat or dog until a permanent, adoptive
home is found. The number of foster homes is directly proportionate
to the number of animals we can save. It’s that simple.
If you agree to provide a foster home, we provide guidance,
supplies and health management. You provide the most important
part: the tender loving care.
Your Role As A Foster Family
Foster Family Responsibilities
The Possibility Of Adoption
Hopalong & Second Chance exist because of the commitment
and dedication our volunteers make to saving a dog or cat's
life and finding them a loving home. Without these committed
individuals, we wouldn’t be here for the thousands of
at-risk animals in our communities.
If you are ready to make a real difference in an animal’s
FOSTERING: YOUR ROLE AS A FOSTER
We carefully match up foster dogs/puppies and cats/kittens
with foster parents based on what works for your household.
Some people choose to foster a puppy or two, or even a litter;
others prefer a small adult dog or a large dog and some prefer
adult cats. We work with you to find the best possible match.
Bear in mind that a shelter environment followed by a rescue
can be very stressful and traumatic for many animals. In your
home they will have a chance to feel safe and secure, to be
loved, nurtured, exercised and socialized. We will ask that
you crate-train dogs and teach them basic obedience. As a
foster parent, we encourage you to attend classes with our
experienced dog trainer at no cost. A well-trained dog is
much more likely to make a successful transition to a permanent
home than a dog with no training and who is not housebroken.
The gift of training helps to give the ultimate gift –
a permanent home - to your furry friend.
We work hard to find the right home for your foster pet from
the moment it is rescued. Foster animals may stay at their
temporary homes from a few days to weeks and sometimes even
months. It all depends on the animal and the amount of time
the foster parent can commit to the process. Foster families
may be asked to show their foster animal to potential adopters
or make the animal available to be shown at a mobile adoption.
Animals must be spayed and neutered prior to final adoption.
Young kittens can be altered when they reach 2 pounds, usually
at 8-12 weeks. Nice photographs and good web site descriptions
from the foster family helps to expedite the adoption process.
Foster family responsibilities include:
- Providing care and affection for your foster animal, including
socialization, healthy practices, and some basic training
(dogs). We ask that foster dogs are kept on a leash—even
in dog parks—as you learn about their strengths and
social skills. If an animal has behavioral problems, our
dog trainer or our Animal Services Coordinators will work
with you to correct them before adoption.
- Spending a little extra time each day playing with your
foster pet so that he/she is well socialized when it’s
time to move to its forever-home.
- Transport the dog/puppy to vet appointments as scheduled
and provide updates on their progress. Let us know if there
are any problems so that we can work with the animal before
he/she goes to a permanent home.
- Make the animal available for mobile adoptions or in-store
adoption sites and if needed, help with the adoption process.
Homeless animals come into shelters year round so we are
always in need of foster homes. When we take an animal from
a shelter, it makes room for the next animal in need. Our
foster parents are a critical piece of the rescue process
and we are deeply indebted to them for their willingness to
welcome new members into their lives. It buys us time, as
well as the animals, to find a new place for the animals to
THE POSSIBILITY OF ADOPTION
It happens. You fall in love with the wonderful dog or cat
for whom you’ve been a lifeline after shelter-life.
Not to worry. You’re in good company. As the foster
family, you will usually have first option to permanently
adopt your new family member to be part of your lives, for
Volunteers, the animals need you! Please look over the list
below and see if there is an area in which you could help.
Then complete the volunteer sign
up form. Our Volunteer Coordinator will call you to schedule
- Help with transport is crucial. Driving newly rescued
dogs or cats to vet appointments, or to their new foster
homes on day of rescue.
- Help clean out dog crates, launder dog towels, bathe
dogs following rescue.
- Many of our volunteers are also foster families. If you'd
like to foster a cat or dog (or puppies or kittens) please
visit Foster Care (LINK).
- Help our foster families by taking their foster dogs
to vet appointments, picking up food and supplies, doing
weekend or holiday short-term fostering or taking 'Bowser'
out for a romp.
- Be an Adoption Counselor / Mobile Adoption Coordinator
- Pick-up dogs and cats, transport to and from foster homes
to adoption day events.
- Help set up and work our adoption day events at Bay Area
- Be a dog/cat handler, or help with various other activities
related to adoption and placement.
- Place pre-adoption-day phone calls to notify applicants
of upcoming adoption events and/or handle post-adoption
- Staff a table with merchandise and information that helps
raise awareness about the organization and fundraises for
- Come into the office and help with, phones, filing, mailing
out medical records and donor letters, copying, organizing
and working on special projects.
- Organize and make phone calls for mobile adoptions to
get appropriate animals to the adoption and to ensure there
are enough handlers for the event.
- Help maintain our 5 Web sites. Visibility gets the animals
- Graphic design help for printed collateral pieces.
- Assist with database entry for maintaining various mailing
- Quality photography of our rescued animals for the website
postings. Write-up website descriptions and/or contact foster
homes for website updates.
Fundraising and Special Events
- Work with companies and businesses in the community to
create fundraisers and events for Hopalong & Second
Chance Animal Rescue.
- Help with our grant writing program: research opportunities,
- Help develop materials for our planned giving and Pet
Survivor programs as well as for newsletters, annual reports
- Help with our annual Canine Wine and Dine and/or Fur
- Help with our educational programs in the various schools.
Develop curriculum, set up appointments with interested
schools and after school programs and assist with program