You provide the love & shelter, we provide the rest!
Our foster homes are the core of our organization. Without them, we would not be able to rescue the senior pets that we do.
As a foster home for Young at Heart, you are welcome to request certain sized pets, certain breeds of pets, or male/female, but keep in mind that the more open minded you are in regards to a foster dog or cat, the more lives you will directly help save. We welcome working families, stay-at-home families, retired persons, you name it – if you can provide a safe, loving, patient environment for a senior dog or cat for the amount of time it will take to find them a loving home, we’d love to speak with you more!
So what does fostering involve?
Young at Heart only rescues senior dogs and cats from “open-admission” shelters that euthanize for space and time constraints, and the senior pets we rescue are often on the top of those euthanasia lists. We do not accept pets from the general public, as we work to save those pets that have no options left, and no one left to advocate for them. Often, these pets have been surrendered to a shelter due to the owner entering a nursing home, dying, or because an owner can not afford the care a senior pet may need – often these have been beloved, cherished pets that end up on death row through no fault of their own, and just need a soft place to land until a new, loving home can be found. Fostering is what makes that possible!
In exchange for caring for one of our adoptable pets, Young At Heart Pet Rescue pays 100% of all approved medical bills related to that particular pet, and provides any and all necessary items needed for that pet, such as food, bowls, toys, bed, crate or litter box. We strive to find our foster homes pets that work well with their situation, i.e. dog-friendly, kid-friendly, etc. Often, because our pets are older, the transition is easy and there are few issues. However, since most of the pets we rescue are from shelters, we won’t always know their background or their situations- that’s where the foster homes really help us out! Foster homes help us figure out the best home for each pet, but if the foster pet does not work in your environment, you are never “stuck”. We will simply find a different foster pet for you!
Maybe your foster pet needs someone who is home a lot, or really loves to play with other dogs, or needs a little leash training or no training necessary at all. Our foster homes give us the feedback necessary to help us place each pet as carefully as we can so that both our adopters and our pets are happy. You do not need to currently have a pet, a fenced in yard, own your own home, nor do you need to have a lot of pet experience- we’ll walk you through everything!
What Young at Heart Provides for Foster Homes
- All food for the foster dog or cat.
- All authorized veterinary care for the foster dog or cat.
- Obedience training opportunities for you and your foster dog or cat at no cost.
- Support and aid for any questions or behavior problems you might encounter with your foster dog or cat.
- Loan of a crate or baby gate, collar/leash, bowls, and bed for the foster dog.
- Loan of a litter box, bowls, and bed for the foster cat. Cat litter can be provided as well.
- The knowledge that you are giving a senior pet another chance to find a loving, safe home!
Fostering a Young at Heart pet will warm your heart and make you proud to say you made a difference in the life of a pet that need you!
Becoming a foster home is a great way to get to know other rescue volunteers and foster families. It can also be the most heart-warming experience of your life, and literally the saving grace for a senior pet’s life. If you want to try fostering a dog or cat, please e-mail us at foster@AdoptaSeniorPet.com, or call us at 847-529-2025 and start the foster home application process today! Ready to give it a try? Get a head start and fill out the Foster Application and attach it to your email or fax it to 847-890-6404.