Foster homes are critical to the mission of Community Animal Protection Association (CAPA). We seek to place dogs and cat coming into our rescue into responsible foster homes so that they can become ready for adoption. Often, these animals need extra TLC.
All these dogs and cats need is someone to spend a little time with them and to advocate for them at adoption events. If you are able to make the commitment to guide a dog or a cat (or a litter of puppies or kittens) into a forever home, please fill out the Foster Application and return it to us.
While fostering is a temporary situation, it is still a commitment.
Before deciding to foster, please understand all of the responsibilities
that comes with temporarily caring for a furry one.
What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?
- Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
- Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
- Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
- Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments
- Transport to/from offsite adoption events
CAPA attains the right to deny an application of a potential foster parent or retrieve a CAPA animal currently in foster, if at anytime, we feel that any of the responsibilities listed above are not being met and that the CAPA animal is not in a healthy, safe environment where their needs are not being met.
Fostering Q & A
What is a Foster Home?
A CAPA foster will provide a safe and temporary living situation that will allow the foster pet to recover emotionally and physically from the stress of their previous situation. The foster family will be able to share valuable details about the animal’s personality and demeanor that will help match them with a perfect forever home.
What can I expect when I foster a CAPA animal?
Our foster animals are pulled from the local Animal Control in Louisiana, MO, other animal control facilities, and strays. Without a foster system, CAPA would not be able to take as many animals into our program and out of harm’s way.
The time a foster animal remains in foster care greatly depends on the dedication you commit to marketing your foster and the condition of the animal as it enters foster care. Typically, the average stay for a foster who is marketed correctly (pictures and bios on the website, attending events, etc) is about two to three months. Older animals and animals with injuries and certain breeds may take a little longer to find a perfect match.
We market all our pets on various pet adoption sites as well as attending adoption events. Fosters are encouraged to bring their fosters to scheduled adoption events
Why should you commit to this?
Being a foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home, or to overcome a behavioral issue. Occasionally, it’s the joy of giving extra TLC to kittens and puppies too young to be adopted.