ABOUT FOSTERING

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Why foster?

Because it really does save the lives of these high-risk dogs and cats. We pull from high-kill shelters focusing on their “death row” animals. We go for the CODE RED and LAST CHANCE dogs or cats that no one else has rescued. Why are they still there? We cannot understand because we have found them to be genuinely great pets with tons of love to give. It could be there placement in the shelter or perhaps people never made it to their wing to see them. Regardless, we find them perfect homes BUT we cannot do this without our foster’s as we do not have a physical location and boarding is expensive.

Do you have room in your home and heart for a dog or cat in need of rescue? We are ALWAYS seeking quality foster’s for our animals in need. We have dogs, cats, kittens and puppies sitting on death row right now waiting for us to rescue them but we cannot do it without a foster home.

How does fostering work?

Fosters provide a temporary home and safe haven for animals as we seek out the perfect forever home. The animal remains the responsibility of For Otis Sake and all vetting, food and supplies are provided by For Otis Sake. You are just a short-term safe haven for them on their roads to forever happiness.

Fosters may be asked to bring the animal to some adoption events so that our volunteers can give them a chance to meet potential adopters. You do not need to stay but we love our foster’s to be available to speak to the animals behavior, unique characteristics and overall personality! You would be amazed the value of a foster parents testimonial for these pets. We may ask that you transport to the vet when possible but basically we ask that you provide a loving nurturing environment for these pets that have been abandoned, abused, neglected or worse.

What does fostering cost the foster?

SHORT ANSWER: NOTHING

While any foster may donate any portion they feel inclined but we do not expect anything! You are doing us a great service and saving the lives of not only your foster pet but making room to save another life! BEING A LIFESAVER IS AMAZING AND A GREAT HONOR! For Otis Sake will pay all costs for food, supplies and vet care needed. We'll supply crates, carriers and even cat boxes. You supply the place to crash and love! We want the foster experience to be awesome for everyone!

So, what’s in it for you?

You are a lifesaver, Superhero or whatever you want to call yourself! You are in fact saving the life of an animal that would have had a high probability of being euthanized. So you get the unconditional love of a pet and help he or she transition to their FUREVER home! That is what you get and trust me it is the most selfless and giving thing another person can do for these animals.

Why does fostering matter?

We get 100s of request per week to save high-risk, death row, abused, abandoned and neglected pets per week. We travel from Maryland to West Virginia or Ohio wherever the PAWS of freedom take us we go willingly. We are certain to let these beautiful souls know when they reach our care they are SAFE and no one will ever harm them again. How many we can save from staying in abusive situations or dying in other shelters is directly aligned to how many foster homes we have.

GET ME SIGNED UP!

Are you ready to be a Superhero?? Well then, please fill out a Foster Application

Fosters may be asked to bring the animal to some adoption events so that our volunteers can give them a chance to meet potential adopters. You do not need to stay but we love our foster’s to be available to speak to the animals behavior, unique characteristics and overall personality! You would be amazed the value of a foster parents testimonial for these pets. We may ask that you transport to the vet when possible but basically we ask that you provide a loving nurturing environment for these pets that have been abandoned, abused, neglected or worse.

Volunteer Opportunities

For Otis Sake Adoption Coordinators are involved in facilitating the placement of adoptable dogs into their new homes through marketing the dogs for adoption and screening potential adopters. Each of our pets that are available for adoption is assigned an Adoption Coordinator (AC) who is ultimately responsible for finding them an appropriate home. The AC screens potential adopters, facilitates the adoption and serves as a resource for adopters as their new For Otis Sake transitions into their home. Adoption coordinators will be paired with an experienced AC to mentor them through the initial few months. ACs may be requested to attend special events, transport activities, meet & greets and adoption events. We have a very thorough adoption process to validate the information provided as safety and the wellbeing of our animals is vital to For Otis Sake. Many of our animals have suffered immensely at the hands of humans and our promise to their safety is sacred.

Adoption Coordinators (ACs) are involved in facilitating the placement of adoptable dogs into their new homes through marketing the dogs for adoption and screening potential adopters. Each and every For Otis Sake pet that is available for adoption is assigned an AC who is ultimately a matchmaker; finding perfect homes for each pet by matching them with the right parents. The AC screens potential adopters, facilitates the adoption and serves as a resource for adopters as their new For Otis Sake transitions into their home. Adoption coordinators complete a one-time training and are paired with a seasoned AC to mentor them through the beginning months.

Be a part of the “Freedom Ride”

When our dogs and cats arrive, we need help taking them for walks off the van, giving them water, and getting them fitted with no-slip martingale collars and For Otis Sake. For Otis Sake loves our FREEDOM RIDES! Nothing like the happiness and peace of a dog that knows they are SAFE. The first words our animals hear are “welcome to For Otis Sake you are safe and we will find you the perfect home”. Those are not just words to us they are part of our mission!

Can I give you a lift?

Sometimes our fosters need a hand giving their foster dogs a ride to or from an adoption event or two and from the vet. We also need help getting our dogs to and from our partner boarding facilities.

If you are 16 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance, you could mean the difference between life and death for one of our dogs! If you might have time during the day or on a weekend to give a For Otis Sake pet a lift, we need you! Please download our volunteer questionnaire and email it to info@forotissake.org.