What is Long term Foster Care?
Puppy or kitten fostering lasts until they are 12 weeks old, when they have had their last set of required shots. A litter requires a little
more work, but is always rewarding! Sometimes they are not yet weaned so initially, the mother may also come to you with the litter.
Do I get to choose the pet I foster?
The program will place a pet based on need, temperament, and matched to your abilities.
You will have a choice between puppy vs. kitten foster care.
It may be difficult for you to let them go but keep this in mind: Puppies are highly desired by
local residents and our Northern partners. Your foster environment has kept them healthy,
happy and ready for their transition to their new home. Also, you have saved a life by
fostering a kitten who may have gotten sick our current old shelter.
I already own a dog and a cat. Can I still foster?
Foster pets may be allowed to interact with
your own pets. Before you bring a foster
animal home, consult with your veterinarian
to make sure your own pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. You may wish to ask your veterinarian if your pets need any additional vaccinations.
To become a foster parent for dogs or cats, please contact us or fill out this
Foster Care Form and fax to us at: 803-643-4006. After your form is received,
you will be contacted for a site evaluation from one of the Animal Control
Officers, just to assure that the animal will be in a safe environment.
Once the site evaluation is completed and you are approved, you are one of
our official foster homes. You may pick up your animal(s) at the Aiken County
Animal Shelter for either short term (5 to 10 days) or longer term puppy or
cat litter foster care situation, up to 12 weeks.
Again, foster care for kittens is also desperately needed! Longer term care,
especially for puppies and kittens, will help keep them healthy and socialized
until an adoption cage or opportunity opens up.
We could save so many more cats and dogs if we had YOUR help.