Chatham Animal Rescue & Education, Inc. (CARE) depends on a unique and dedicated group of foster volunteers to help us save more lives! CARE does not have a shelter, therefore we can only rescue as many animals as we have space for in our volunteer foster caregiver network. Longer-term foster caregivers are needed and we ask for at least a year commitment. By fostering a homeless animal, you can experience the joys of helping an animal in need. However, fostering is not necessarily easy. Fostering takes a great deal of time and energy – both emotional and physical.
While in the custody of CARE, the animals must receive affection, food, shelter, sterilization and socialization to be successfully adopted.
- Having your current pets up to date on vaccinations.
- Each foster caregiver will attend a comprehensive training session after the approval process is complete.
- Each new foster caregiver is assigned an experienced mentor and is given a foster handbook with standard procedures and guidelines for animal care, fostering and policies.
- Foster caregivers must be able to provide a safe and caring home environment.
- Foster caregivers showcase their animals at CARE sponsored adoption events and must be able to show foster animals to potential adopters.
- Being able to let go. It can be very difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached to the animals. Know that the love you give means they are more likely to find a forever home!
- Being patient. The first day probably won’t be perfect. It will get easier!
- All necessary medication and medical care
- Quality food
- Pet supplies such as beds, toys, crates and, for dogs, harnesses and leashes
- Education on how to care for your foster animal
- A safe and nurturing environment for your foster animal
- Socialization for shy animals
- A chance for sick animals to recover
Thank you for your interest. Please contact us using the information below to set up a home visit appointment. Thank you for CAREing!