You can make a huge difference in the life of a homeless pet by becoming a foster home!
Young puppies are not able to be housed at the shelter itself because they are vulnerable to becoming ill. Because of this, Animal House Shelter is only able to save as many puppies as we have foster homes available to take them.
By becoming a foster parent, you will be literally saving the lives of puppies that we could not have taken in without you!
Can you help us save lives?
Right now Animal House Shelter is in DESPERATE need of foster homes that are willing to take multiple puppies and litters of puppies. AT LEAST 20 TIMES A DAY Animal House Shelter receives emails with pictures just like this one and unless we have foster homes open, these sad little sweethearts have to stay in the cold, dark, dirty pound OR WORSE!! Would you consider being their light at the end of the tunnel? We will provide you with ALL of the supplies that you need to take care of them, you just need to give them love! The sizes of the litters vary and can be anywhere from 2 to 12 puppies (though we do typically split the larger litters into 2 smaller groups if needed). The only requirement is that if you have another dog or dogs you have the ability to keep them separate from your foster pups (for health reasons) Please give us a call at 847-961-5541 for more information. You can sign up RIGHT NOW by clicking on the picture above to fill out our foster application!
Every week Animal House Shelter has an average of 5 adult cats abandoned at our shelter or returned from homes years after their adoption from our shelter. Some of these poor kitties are left in boxes on our front walk, some are thrown from cars in the street in front of our shelter and others are simply returned to us without a moment’s hesitation or concern for the well-being of what should be considered a member of the family. These precious, loving creatures come to us scared and confused and they often become quickly depressed. They do not adapt well to shelter life because they are used to the comforts of a home and they often become gravely ill because their immune systems are not equipped to handle a shelter environment. They stop eating, stop caring about living, and waste away in spite of all of our efforts to care for them. There is a bright side to this sad story, however, and that is the miracle of a FOSTER HOME! By offering one of these kitties a place to stay while we vaccinate them and booster those vaccinations you will be giving them a precious advantage that can truly mean the difference between life and death. Please call us right away at 847-961-5541 for more information or click on the link below to fill out our foster application. We hope you call soon, there are many cats already waiting for your call.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO FOSTER AN ADULT ANIMAL IN NEED?
The animals pictured below are all currently in need of foster homes, please contact the shelter for more information about their particular needs to see if your family might be a good fit for them!
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-961-5541
CLICK ON ANY OF THE PICTURES BELOW TO SEE THE ANIMAL’S PROFILE ON OUR WEBSITE!
These are our dogs that are in the most URGENT need of foster care!
These are our cats that are in the most URGENT need of foster care!
And lots of kittens and puppies!
The foster care program allows AHS to rescue more animals than shelter space normally allows by placing selected animals in qualified temporary or longer term homes.
Becoming a foster parent is one of the most rewarding experiences in animal rescue. Seeing those cute, loving eyes that find wonderful adoptive families makes it worth every second. Here are some answers to common questions people have about fostering.
Who can become a foster parent?
Anyone! Even if you work full-time, you can still foster (depending on the needs of each individual animal(s). All you need is a desire to help animals in need.
What types of animals are available for fostering?
- Pregnant/nursing dogs and cats
- Lots of litters of orphaned puppies and kittens until they can be spayed/neutered (per state law, litters of animals must be kept together until they are 8 weeks of age)
- Animals needing extra socialization
- Dogs and cats that have medical or surgical needs
- Dogs or cats that have had longer stays in the shelter
How long will I foster the animal?
This depends on each individual animal(s). Most kittens/puppies are spayed/neutered at approximately 10-12 weeks of age so they will need to continue in foster care until they have been altered, vaccinated and ready for adoption.
What supplies will I need to foster an animal(s)?
This depends on each individual foster animal(s). You will need to have a safe space in your home where you can keep the foster animals separate from your own pets for the duration of their care. We will supply you with food/medications and most other necessary items to care for the animal(s).
What if I have pets?
Again, you will need to have a safe space in your home where you can keep the foster animals separate from your own pets for the duration of their care. We recommend that you keep your pets current on all core vaccinations, preventatives, etc. We strongly recommend that you consult with your veterinarian regarding their health prior to bringing a new animal into your home.
What if the animal(s) need medical care?
AHS will pay for any approved medical care that is necessary for the animal(s). Most medical care will be done here at the shelter, but at times it may be necessary for you to bring the animals to one of our veterinarians for care (Crystal Lake and Algonquin areas). Most vaccinations, dewormings, etc will be done here at the shelter on specific schedules, so you will have to be able to bring them to the shelter for those scheduled appointments.
What if I have an afterhours emergency?
Don’t worry. There is a list of home contact numbers given to every foster home. The people on the list are all very experienced foster homes themselves and will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
How do I become a foster parent?
Here are a few things you need to do:
- Please fill out a foster application to become an official AHS foster parent and receive email postings of animals available for foster care.
- (all foster homes must have an approved application which must include references, a copy of a current drivers license and credit card, a signed foster agreement, prior to picking up their first foster animal)
- Sign the Foster Parent Waiver of liability
Unfortunately we do not allow you to test drive the animal(s). Being homeless is very stressful for the animals and we take pride in knowing that the animals in our care are as stress free as possible.
Bouncing back and forth from one environment to another is very confusing for the animals and adds unnecessary stress.
If you are looking to adopt a new pet, please feel free to visit the shelter anytime. In some cases, it may take one or many visits to ensure you have chosen the appropriate match for the new pet, yourself and your family.
If you have any further questions regarding fostering, please feel free to give us a call anytime or email us at email@example.com
We look forward to meeting you soon!
ANIMAL HOUSE SHELTER RECYCLES! PLEASE DROP OFF ALUMINUM CANS TO HELP US RAISE FUNDS FOR THE DOGS AND CATS! THERE IS A BIN IN OUR LOBBY, YOU CAN STOP ON IN ANYTIME FROM 11AM-7PM AND DROP THE CANS IN THE BIN! THANK YOU!