Who can apply to be a foster carer?
- Anyone over 18 with the space and time to give foster animals a safe and loving environment.
- Foster carers need to provide a National Police Check issued in the last calendar year.
- Have reliable transport to get to AWL during business hours for pick up, appointments, etc.
Why do animals need to be placed into foster care?
- Animals that are too young to be desexed and adopted
- Recovering from illness, injury or surgery
- Need rest, socialization or rehabilitation
What kinds of animals need fostering?
- Neonatal kittens
- Mother cat and kittens
- Adult cats
- Mother dog and puppies
- Adult dogs
What if I have children or pets?
- We will always ensure a foster carer is matched with an animal that fits into each individual’s situation. If you have children then we’ll be sure to match you with an animal that fits into your family life.
- Personal pets need to be vaccinated and sociable. There is also a quarantine period where foster animals are kept separately from personal pets.
- For dogs, we will have a meet and greet to ensure they get along.
What do I need to provide to the animals?
- Each foster animal will come with the supplies necessary for its care including food, litter, bedding, toys, bowls and medication if necessary.
- A safe environment
- Transportation to and from AWL Shelters and vet clinic during business hours, and if required, out of hours emergency vet clinics as authorized by AWL
- Time, love and social interactions to teach the animals about life in a home and family
How long does it take to foster an animal?
- Kittens need to be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 850 grams, be in good health and social with people to be ready to be desexed and placed for adoption.
- Puppies need to at least 8 weeks old, have good body condition, be in good health and social with people to be ready to be desexed and placed for adoption.
- For adult animals, the length of stay could vary from a week or two to a couple of months. The reason for foster placement varies and will be discussed on an individual basis.
What if the foster animal gets sick?
- AWL has an onsite veterinary clinic. Appointments and medication are provided for the animals at no cost to the foster carers.
- Appointments that can be made at the AWL vet clinic in coordination with the foster care team.
- In case of an emergency after hours, we have a 24/7 hotline attended by our vet staff.
I work fulltime, can I still be a carer?
- Yes, absolutely! The Foster Care Team will discuss with you the most suitable foster options to match your situation.
- You may be required to take animals to the AWL vet clinic that operates Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm by arrangement.