Rewarding. Challenging. Life Changing. These are just some of the words our foster carers use to describe their experience of fostering an animal in need. By becoming a foster carer, you are truly making a difference and saving the lives of cats and dogs facing euthanasia within our community.
Fostering involves caring for a cat and/or dog in your own home until their forever home is found. As a foster carer, you will be supported by a Carer Coordinator who will assist you in your journey of being a foster carer. New foster carers will be allocated a Mentor and an appropriate animal to foster for up to their first 3 fosters – this way you will be eased into the fostering experience with animals that suit your situation. All standard vet work such as microchipping, vaccinations, desexing, worm and flea treatments for each foster animal is provided. Fostering is a big commitment so it is important to think through the below points:
Attending a foster carer information session is a great opportunity to find out more about fostering and ask any questions that you may have.
Attending a foster carer information session is an important step to become a foster carer with Hunter Animal Rescue. At the foster carer information sessions, we provide an introduction to who we are and discuss the process of fostering an animal so that you can make an informed decision to become a foster carer with us.
Information sessions are held via online webinar, over the phone or in your own home. We will also be running group information sessions every 3 months at a PETQuarters store near you. If you are interested in attending an information session, or have any questions about fostering please contact us.
Once your application is received we will be in touch to meet with you and start you on the rewarding and challenging path of foster care.
If you are renting we will require written permission from your landlord and/or real estate before we are able to welcome you on board as a foster carer. We are also always in need of temporary carers who take in a foster for a limited amount of time to cover carer holidays, emergencies or even just respite.
An important part of the rehoming process is ensuring our fosters are healthy before they go to their new home. All HAR fosters are vet checked before rehoming and occasionally issues are found that need to be addressed. Fosters can also arrive in care with known medical issues that HAR treats prior to rehoming.
Should the identified medical issues be ongoing we fully disclose this information to potential forever families prior to adoption.
The HAR adoption fee just covers the cost of standard vet work and parasite control we provide for all our fosters. The cost of treatment and surgeries for these special needs fosters are covered by our donations, fundraising and campaigns.