We take in over 5,000 homeless animals every year. With kennel space being limited, we rely heavily on citizens to open their hearts and homes to these animals, providing them love and shelter while they wait for their "forever homes."
There are two kinds of Fostering, Fostering to Adopt and being a Foster Caregiver. Each have their own requirements and application.
1. Who Can Foster to Adopt?
Why is it important to Foster to adopt and not just adopt? When you foster to adopt you will have the opportunity to see how your chosen pet reacts to your home setting, other pets in your home, maybe the animal you chose is just not clicking with you. Adopting a pet is a great responsibility.
Please read the Foster application carefully, to ensure you can meet all requirements. Anybody who is at least 18 years old with room in their home and heart can foster. We do require that your personal animals be up to date on vaccines (for their protection), be spayed or neutered and that you have prior approval from your landlord if you do not own your home. Whether you are a college student, a retiree or work full time, we can find a foster animal that will suit your schedule.
When fostering to adopt you select your pet, that pet may or may not have been Spay or Neutered, which would require you to schedule the appointment with our clinic once the animal is old enough. Once you and your furever pet have completed all necessary requirements and paperwork, your adoption will be finalized.
2. Who Can be a Foster Caregiver
Being a Foster caregiver is a great responsibility, please read the Foster application carefully, to ensure you can meet all requirements. Anybody who is at least 18 years old with room in their home and heart can foster. However, you must live in Columbia County. We do require that your personal animals be up to date on vaccines (for their protection), be spayed or neutered and that you have prior approval from your landlord if you do not own your home. Whether you are a college student, a retiree or work full time, we can find a foster animal that will suit your schedule.
3. What Does Being a Foster Caretaker Cost?
Our inhouse clinic handles all veterinary care for your foster animal. However, it is the responsibility of the foster caregiver to schedule the clinic appointment. You can use our website () or call the clinic to schedule the appointment time and date most convenient for you. Please note, if you miss your appointment, you will be charged a $25 fee.
If you choose to take them to your own veterinarian, the LCHS is in no way responsible for any expense incurred. You are also required to provide the LCHS adoption center with copies of the services done by that veterinarian.
We will provide basic supplies for fosters when available, so there is usually little to no out-of-pocket expense.
4. Finding a Forever Home
Once a foster animal has been declared adoptable by LCHS staff, many options are available to you to help facilitate finding the perfect forever family. Foster pets are featured on our website: www.lakecityhumane.org.
Foster pets have many online outlets, adoption booth attendance is encouraged, and we keep you informed about special events around town that will allow you to bring your foster.
All potential adopters must complete an adoption application and agree to the terms set forth by the LCHS and pay all adoption fees before taking possession of the animal.
5. How Long Will the Animal be in my Home?
Many animals spend only a few weeks in a foster home before they are adopted, harder to place animals may take longer. We are dedicated to finding forever homes for these animals as quickly as possible. Returning the animal to the LCHS to be placed in our adoption ward when kennel space is available is always an option for our foster parents.
6. Animals Currently Available for Fostering
The animals currently listed below are in foster! These animals will be available for adoption soon! If you are interested in adopting one of the animals below, please click the adoption application link below to fill out an adoption application.