Save a Life!
Become a Foster Parent to one of our Animals!
Fostered animals receive the love and attention they need in order to get ready for their permanent home. That is always preferable to awaiting adoption in the kennel. Be an angel to someone who is going through a difficult life transition. If you can not bring the animal to the adoptions yourself, we will arrange for another volunteer to help.
Many of our foster parents fall in love with the cat and dog so much that they choose to take them in permanently. Many choose to foster since they cannot be a permanent guardian, but wish to enjoy the many benefits of taking care of an animal.
Interested in Fostering?
If you’d like more information about fostering, please call (310) 392-5153, ext. 4 or e-mail us.
If you are ready to foster, please download our Foster Application here. Please fill out the application form, circle and initial the bullet points under the “Applicant’s Agreement”, and send it in PDF form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to 310-581-1591, or mail the completed form to:
Voice For The Animals
2633 Lincoln Blvd., #202
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Who Should Foster?
Anyone willing to make the commitment to directly save a life is an ideal foster parent. Fostering is great for people who want to help, but prefer to do it at home around their own schedule. For example, a mother with a litter is ideal for a person with a busy lifestyle. The “momma cat” does most of the work. You simply provide a clean home, safe environment, food/water, and TLC. Note: Kittens without a mom are suitable for someone who is able to feed and tend to them every three to four hours – until they are old enough to be left alone for longer periods of time.
What to Expect?
Being a foster parent can provide you with a feeling of satisfaction, knowing that you’ve directly saved a life by giving an animal a second chance. Not only are newborns in need of fostering, but we also have many animals that have been abused or neglected and need some extra love and attention in a foster home. These animals need socialization and a loving, safe environment in which to recuperate. Fostering animals requires a lot of TLC. You may be asked to provide minor medical care, such as administering antibiotics or treating ear mites. If you have any concerns, medical or otherwise, you should always call VFTA immediately.
VFTA can provide the supplies necessary to care for a foster animal; however, any of the materials that you can provide will help offset costs and will go to saving more animals.
Should you choose to cover fostering expenses, they are tax deductible as contributions on behalf of a legitimate charity. VFTA can provide your accountant with the relevant information.
How Long is the Commitment?
The length of fostering time varies with each case. Animals can be in your home from a week to a month or more depending on the animal’s health and circumstance as well as your desire and ability to continue fostering. The length of stay can be approximated prior to a fostering commitment to allow for personal plans.
Will My Pets Be Affected?
By giving your pets reassurance, most have no trouble adjusting to strange animals in the house. VFTA is unable to treat personal pets should they become ill, so we recommend that you restrict your foster activities to a separate room or area of the house.