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If you are ready to foster and want to start the process of becoming an approved foster home, please review our fostering FAQ below and complete a foster questionnaire for our review. We will get back to you within 48 hours.
Approximately 4 to 6 million adoptable pets are euthanized in shelters across the US every year. Outside of the shelters, there are stray animals and owner surrenders we also fight to help. We, at 4Life, are dedicated to helping as many as we can, but we can’t do it without the support and love that is only found with amazing foster families!
Thank you & happy fostering!
Love, The 4Life Rescue Team
There are a lot of variables when it comes to fostering and it’s nearly impossible to answer every potential question you may have on one page. If you have any additional questions that we didn’t cover here, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be more than happy to talk with you!
WHAT does a foster family do?
Foster families save lives! You will provide temporary housing for rescued animals. Your role will be to provide a safe and loving home, socialization and care for the animal while we work hard to find its forever home.
does it cost anything?
No. Any and all expenses that the rescued pet requires is covered by the rescue for the duration of the foster period. 4Life covers all medical costs and we provide all supplies including food, treats, collars, leashes, bedding and any other items that the pet needs.
how long would i need to be willing and/or able to foster?
We cannot predict how long it will take for an animal to get adopted. An adoption can happen quickly (within a week or two,) or it can take months. We work hard to find the animals new forever homes as quickly as possible; however, we cannot give specific time frames for when an animal will move from foster to forever home. We ask that all foster homes are committed long-term, and we will do everything we can to support you during the foster period.
I have other pets in my home. will that be an issue?
When it comes time to bring a new animal into your home, we ask to meet the entire family, including all of the pets within the home. We will get a feel for you and your family so that we know what type of pet will work best within your particular dynamic. We also like to meet the entire family so that we can make sure everyone is on board with having a new pet. We will assist with proper integration, and will teach you the correct way to introduce your pets to the newcomer, as well as guide you with training. We ask that all families commit to the training and advice that we give when it comes to our rescued animals. This will ensure the safety of you, your family and our rescued dogs and/or cats. In addition, the training and integration support we provide is essential to keeping the rescued pet IN a foster home, and helps us avoid having to place animals in boarding.
do i have to live in orange county to be a foster?
We do prefer that our fosters are local. Our vet's office and events are all in Orange County. Surrounding areas may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
do i have to take my foster to events? if yes, how often?
We hold anywhere from 1-3 events per month, usually on weekends. Event participation is not requireed for cats that are being fostered, as we do not bring cats to our events. We do ask that all of our dogs attend the events a minimum of twice per month. In the event you cannot attend, we ask that you make arrangements with us for transport so the dog(s) can still attend.
WHAT if i fall in love with my foster and i just can't bear to let them go?
Ahhhh, yes….this is commonly known in the rescue world as becoming a "foster failure." It’s not really a failure, of course! In the event you fall in love with your foster and we agree that it is a perfect fit, we will complete the adoption process with a contract and adoption donation. Keep in mind that adopting your foster animal might mean that you no longer have room in your home to foster. It's always difficult to let go of a foster animal, especially the first few that you save. When it comes time to let go of your foster animal, it helps to think of how many lives you could be saving by continuing to foster. You should think carefully about your decision to adopt and make sure you're not adopting only because it's difficult saying goodbye.
WHAT if my foster pet had to go to the vet?
First, contact us to determine whether vetting is necessary. If a visit is deemed necessary and is a non-emergency situation, you will simply contact a 4Life Rescue approved vet to make an appointment. Veterinary care for our foster animals must be provided by a 4Life Rescue approved vet. You are responsible for taking your foster animal to and from veterinary appointments. If your foster animal has an obvious and clear emergency (hit by a car, serious fight with an animal, ingestion of a dangerous object, contact us and inform us that you will be taking the animal to a nearbt emergency vet. As much as possible, emergency vet visits should be approved by 4Life Rescue.
WHat if I'm having trouble with my foster animal?
We will make every effor to ensure a great foster match for you. If you are having trouble with your foster animal, contact us. We will work with you to address any issues, and we may also have a trainer work with you. We ask that you put every reasonable effort to make the situation work out in your home, but we never want to put the safety of your family, your own animals, or the foster animal in jeopardy. If the issue cannot be resolved, we ask that you work with us by giving us some time to work on a different plan for the foster animal.
what if I have to leave town?
Some foster families travel with their foster pets and some hire pet sitters, but we may also have volunteers available to pet-sit for you. We generally cannot afford to pay for dog sitters and boarding facilities, so please notify us as soon as possible so that we can help make arrangements your foster animal to stay somewhere while you are gone if needed. Keep in mind that it can be difficult to make arrangements, especially around the holidays, so the more advanced notice, the better.