What is Fostering?

Fostering Saves Lives!

Fostering a dog is a similar process as fostering a child in your home. Apply to foster a dog by filling out an application which a representative of AFHAR will review and a home visit is conducted to be sure your home is a good fit for fostering a dog. AFHAR provides food, vetting, medications, bedding, crate and any other needed supplies. You, the foster parent, supplies love, comfort, and companionship and often times help with training the dog. Foster parents may choose to be reimbursed for supplies or may use any purchases toward the foster dog as a tax deductible donation.

On the fence about fostering? “I would rather cry watching them leave our home to live a life of happiness and joy in a loving home than cry because no one stepped up to help them and they died alone, frightened and sad in a shelter”.

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Foster Application

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A few of the general guidelines that make up the AFHAR Fostering Policy are provided below. While, as they say, there is an exception to every rule, these guidelines are standard for rescues and no-kill shelters and used for deciding suitability of a potential foster parent.

ALL FOSTER APPLICANTS MUST BE INTERVIEWED AND APPROVED. The Interview questions are not intended to be insulting or seem unfeeling. We simply must make sure our animals will never be abandoned, mistreated, or neglected again. AFHAR reserves the right to deny persons who do not meet AFHAR specified fostering policies. We review the following to ensure the foster parent is aware of proper care of pets.

Your Responsibilities:

1. Must be 21 years of age or older in order to foster. The person who will be responsible for the pet MUST be 21 years of age or older.

2. Proper household setting for all pets, with adequate living space and yard may require fencing.

3. We seek fellow animal lovers, who are committed to providing the very best care for their pet as they would for any member of the family.

4. Excellent veterinarian reference showing history of shots, spay/neuter, and heart worm prevention.

5. No animal will be tied up, kept in a dog house, pen, run or kennel, or any type of garage, shed, laundry room, or basement.

6. Landlords or rental agents will be called to verify pets are allowed.

7. Present and past pet history must be verified.

8. All resident pets must be spayed or neutered.



Our Responsibilities:

1. The rescue will provide food, heart worm and flea preventions monthly.

2. The rescue can supply bedding, bowls, and a crate, if needed.

3. The rescue will pay for any and all medical care for the foster pet.

4. Contact Lori or Sandy in case of an emergency or if the animal is sick. In an extreme emergency go to the nearest veterinarian but contact Lori or Sandy as soon as possible.

5. Our vet: Tavares Crossroads Veterinary Clinic, Tavares (352) 343-0300.