Fostering a homeless pet is one of the most fulfilling experiences Stefani Fortney has had. Here in Guthrie, we are always in need of more foster homes who are willing to help care for animals who are transitioning from homelessness to finding a permanent home. Foster dogs are in need of your help right now.
Take a look at the guidelines and requirements for fostering one of the at-risk animals that come through our doors at Guthrie Pet Hospital. We often work in conjunction with Friends of Guthrie Animals (FOGAS) to help the homeless pets of Logan County, Oklahoma.
Guthrie Pet Hospital Guidelines for Fostering Dogs
- The primary caretaker must be over 21 years old.
- The foster family must agree to home visits from potential adopters.
- Foster families must agree to regular check-ins with the foster coordinator (Stefani Fortney)
- All members of the household must meet the foster pet and agree to the foster situation before taking the pet home.
- Foster dogs must be inside when left unattended.
- Foster dogs should never be let off-leash outside of a fenced-in area.
- Foster dogs should not be taken to dog parks, or let off-leash with strange dogs.
- FOGAS or Guthrie Pet Hospital must approve and schedule all veterinary visits.
In the case of an emergency, the foster coordinator should be contacted to recommend what the foster family should do. If a pet needs emergency medical attention and the foster coordinator cannot be reached, leave them a message, and take the pet to the emergency veterinary hospital nearest you.
Emergencies for foster dogs Include:
- Inability to move, walk or stand
- Being attacked or bitten by another animal
- Broken bones or significant bleeding from a cut.
- Vomiting uncontrollably
- Vomiting, diarrhea, or urinating blood.
Foster pets must be fed separately from owned pets to prevent competition for food.
Any behavioral problems discovered after the pet enters foster care must be explained to the foster coordinator so they can evaluate the behavior and decide how to proceed.
Skills needed to foster:
- Experience of caring for the species of animals being fostered
- Have time to commit to the needs of the animal being fostered
- Have a suitable environment for the animal (a home visit will be required)
- Ability to respect the decisions of FOGAS or Guthrie Pet Hospital on an animal’s long-term future.
Objectives of foster homes:
- To provide a temporary, loving, safe home for a dog or cat until FOGAS or Guthrie Pet Hospital finds a suitable permanent home.
- To positively contribute to the care and welfare of the animal in foster.
Responsibilities of foster homes:
1. Animal Welfare
- To provide a patient, loving environment while the pet is in foster.
- To follow FOGAS or Guthrie Pet Hospital’s advice on any issues involving the foster pet, including training, behavioral, exercise, dietary, and medical situations.
- To provide feedback about the foster animal to the foster coordinator, which will help in finding the appropriate permanent home.
3. Viewings for Adoption
- To be available for a potential adopter to view the animal at the foster home, or to bring the animal to Guthrie Pet Hospital for viewing.
- To bring the animal back to Guthrie Pet Hospital when a permanent home has been found.
- To refer any interested parties offering a permanent home to the foster coordinator and not make any promises regarding adoption that FOGAS and Guthrie Pet Hospital may not be able to keep.
4. Veterinary Care
- To bring the animal to Guthrie Pet Hospital for any medical exams or treatment and not to any other veterinary center.
- To be responsible for the safe transportation of the animal to and from Guthrie Pet Hospital.
If you think fostering is a way you could help, please contact us at (405) 282-8796.