Fostering FAQs

If you have a question that is not found on this page please email the question to foster@angelsrescue.org.

  1. What is required to be a foster?
  2. Why should I foster?
  3. How long will a foster pet stay with me?
  4. What is a foster family responsible for?
  5. Why do I have to attend adoption events?
  6. How many events to I have to attend per month?
  7. What if my foster hasn’t been adopted when I need to be out of town?
  8. What can we expect from a new foster?
  9. Besides food, what do we need to provide?
  10. Who pays for medical care?
  11. How do I know which vets are approved?
  12. Do I get to help choose my foster pet’s forever family?
What is required to be a foster?

You must live in the metro Atlanta area and be within driving distance of our Atlanta vets and adoption events. The first step: fill out a foster application: http://test.angelsrescue.org/pet-forms/dog-foster-application.asp. Be sure to complete all fields that apply to you and your household. When the application is received the team will verify vet information and call references. If everything checks out you will contacted by the foster team for a phone interview, then somebody will visit your house for a home check and then will begin paring in you with a foster.

Why should I foster?

We need foster parents to love and care for the animals rescued from shelters until they are adopted. Each additional foster volunteer allows Angels Among Us to save one more companion pet and help it to find a loving forever home.

How long will a foster pet stay with me?

The duration of foster care can range from a couple of days to several weeks, or more for pets with special needs. The majority of our foster pets find a loving forever home within a couple of weeks.

What is a foster family responsible for?

Aside from regular day-to-day care (feeding, grooming and exercise), the responsibilities of a foster home may include:

  • Basic training (housetraining, walking on leash, sit, down)
  • Behavior modification (to correct problems such as jumping, mouthing, barking, destructive chewing and dashing through doors)
  • Socialization and temperament evaluation (to determine whether the dog is good with different types of people and other animals)
Why do I have to attend adoption events?

Adoption events are the most successful way to introduce your foster to the largest amount of people. While Petfinder, Angelsrescue.org, facebook and twitter are supplemental ways to expose your pet to potential adopters, events are the best way.

How many events to I have to attend per month?

Typically there are four or more adoption events per month. We require that you participate in at least two events per month.

What if my foster hasn’t been adopted when I need to be out of town?

Please provide two weeks’ notice if you are planning on being out of town. If you could make temporary arrangements with a friend/relative to look after your foster that would be ideal. Our foster families are limited and many are looking after their own fosters. If you cannot make arrangements on your own with a reliable substitute please email tempfoster@angelsrescue.org and we will make every effort to assist you in finding temporary care for your foster.

What can we expect from a new foster?

It is important to remember that your foster is coming into a new environment; they may be anxious or excited. Accidents may happen, please be patient with your foster while he/she adjusts to a strange new place. Lots of patience and lots of love will go a long way in helping your new foster feel at home and start to build a bond of trust with you.

Besides food, what do we need to provide?

Plenty of playtime and snuggling! Leash, collar, food bowls, the basics. You will be responsible for taking them to any necessary vet appointments, administering any necessary medications, and keeping them clean, safe and warm.

Who pays for medical care?

All medical care including spay/neuter and microchip for approved AAU fosters will be paid for by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue and must be scheduled by the Vets Team at an approved AAU vet.

How do I know which vets are approved?

We have discount arrangements with Preferred Veterinary Clinics conveniently located throughout the metro Atlanta area. In the event you need to take your foster to a vet, please email vets@angelsrescue.org with your name, the name of your foster, your phone number, symptoms or services required, and the approved vet nearest you. We will make an appointment for you.

Do I get to help choose my foster pet’s forever family?

Yes, you will interview prospective adopters and deliver your foster pet to an approved adopter to ensure the home environment will be a good fit for your foster pet. We want to give our foster pets the very best chance for a long and happy life with the forever family that we choose for them.