Frequently Asked Questions — Fostering Animals
Do I have to have fostering experience?
No! No experience required at all — just a love for animals and some extra room.
Is training provided?
Yes! We will get you up to speed on how we do things and best practices.
What do I have to provide?
It is ideal for fosters to provide their own crates or carriers and water and food bowls, but other than that? Just a loving home.
What does NPA provide?
NPA provides starter food, leash/harness, a toy, collar, and coverage for animals' medical needs.
What are the usual time commitments?
Puppies and kittens tend to get adopted very quickly — usually within two weeks. Adults and seniors may take a bit longer, but they can also get adopted relatively quickly! There are opportunities for weekend fosters, longer- and shorter-term fosters, and transport fosters (a place for an animal to crash until they can get to their long-term foster).
Can I foster less frequently?
Sure! We need people to take in animals temporarily until their longer-term fosters are available. We also need weekend fosters for when regular fosters go out of town.
Can I take breaks?
Absolutely. We want fostering to be a fun and rewarding experience for you. If you need a break, just let us know.
Who can help me if I have questions?
We have a foster team available to answer any questions about your foster experience! We'll make sure you have all the contact information you need to stay in touch with us!
Can I request specific types of pets to foster?
Sure! Even if you initially expressed interested in puppies, you can always foster a senior or even a kitten. Just let us know!
Are purchases for my foster and driving for my foster tax deductible?
Yes! Talk to your CPA and/or consult tax software, but we are a 501(c)(3) and costs spent volunteering for us can be deducted.