Foster parents are special people who selflessly open their homes to give vulnerable animals a new chance at life. Despite the hard goodbyes and the occasional heartbreak, foster parents open their homes and their hearts over and over again. This is by no means an easy task, but the impact they make is incredible.
Take Mouse, for example. When she came into the League, she was about three weeks old, but barely over a normal kitten’s birth weight. One of her eyes was severely infected, and no one had any idea if she’d even survive. Her spirit was so strong, however, that we had to give her a chance. Our shelter veterinarian prescribed treatment for her eye, and one brave and loving foster mom decided to take a chance on her and bring her home. Since then, Mouse has been in two more wonderful foster homes. She learned to live with adult cats, won over her foster parents with her adorable antics, and continued to work her way into the hearts of everyone who met her. After two months Mouse finally returned to the League for adoption. Her damaged eye does not cause her any discomfort.
Mouse’s story is a beautiful reminder of the impact foster care makes on the animals who need it. This happy kitten never would have made it without the amazing foster parents who helped her through the first few months of her life.
There are hundreds of kittens, cats, puppies, dogs, and small companion animals each year like Mouse who need our help. If you’ve ever considered fostering, please consider becoming a part of our team. The League provides all supplies, there is no minimum time requirement, and we are happy to help people find their niche. Fostering offers you the opportunity to volunteer in the comfort of your own home as many or as few times throughout the year as you’d like.
To learn more please contact the Foster Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
To print a copy of our foster application please click here: Foster Application 2014 . You can send your completed application to Animal Welfare League of Arlington, ATTN: Foster Coordinator, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr. Arlington, VA 22206, drop it off at our front desk at the same address or scan and email to email@example.com
Still not sure? Here are a few things some current foster parents have said:
“We started fostering in 2006, after losing our 19 year old and 16 year old cats a few months apart. Since then, we have fostered over 200 kittens, quite a few of them being bottle babies. It can be trying, getting up to feed in the middle of the night, running sick ones to the vet, cleaning up messes, and the worst, losing sick kittens. But even after all of that, the rewards of saving the sick ones, getting to see them grow up and go to loving homes, getting “kitten fixes” after a bad day… make it so worth it. I think it’s about the most rewarding thing I have ever done. And yes, a wee bit addictive.” —— Jamie N.
“It’s been a pleasure being a foster parent to many kittens from AWLA. I’ve fostered so many different types of kittens: older kittens, very young kittens, various colors and different personalities. All the kittens have one common thread – they are happy to have a safe, fun and loving environment to explore while waiting to move on to their forever homes. The kittens will reward you each day by purring, sitting on your lap or playing with you whenever you have time for them. When I return them to AWLA, I watch for their picture to be added to the adoption website. It’s a better feeling when I see their picture removed because they were adopted! AWLA provides the support that you need to make fostering kittens an easy task. They are always available to help in any way.” – Kristina N.
“Fostering has been great for me because I travel so much for work that I’m never sure from one month to the next how many weeks I’ll be in the country. Fostering has been great because I can love a pet for the short time that I have them, but don’t have to feel guilty that my own pet isn’t getting enough love and attention because I’m gone for so long. “ –Katie M.