Foster

Why foster for the Routt County Humane Society?

 

  • Fostering is an excellent way to give back to animals in need and help RCHS improve the life of the animals in our care.
  • When fostering an animal for the RCHS, you help the animal get accustomed to living in a home environment helping them adjust to their forever home quicker.
  • Fostering is an enormous help for animals that need extra care, or for mothers with kittens or puppies.
  • Fostering provides a temporary home for animals that are overwhelmed by the change in environment when coming to a humane society.
  • Fostering dogs helps them get the extra training that humane society staff may not be able to give each day, so they can become better members of society and of their forever families.
  • Fostering semi-feral kittens can mean they get to live inside rather then living in a barn without human contact or regular vet care.
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Our most frequent feline need for fosters is orphan or stray kittens, kittens with mothers, and semi-feral kittens.

Our feline fosters need to be comfortable with giving medications, taking temperatures, weighing kittens daily, possibly staying up throughout the night to care for a kitten, providing structure, socialization, and any extra needed care as well as providing transportation to and from the Humane Society for any vet visits or vaccinations needed.

Kitten fosters should be prepared to foster the kittens in their care until the kittens weigh two pounds, around eight or nine weeks old. If you are only able to foster for a couple weeks, please discuss your available time frame with the foster coordinator.

 

Our most frequent canine foster needs are dogs that need more medical care, attention, and training then we are able to give on a daily basis.

Our canine fosters need to be comfortable with giving medications, taking temperatures, training, providing structure, socialization, and any extra needed care as well as providing transportation to and from the Humane Society for any vet visits or vaccinations needed.

Some dogs will require a round of medication or daily training which can include multiple daily training walks, structured meet and greets, individual training sessions with our trainer and more before they will be made available for adoption. Please discuss the best dog for you with the foster coordinator. If a dog is proposed for you to foster that you are not comfortable with, please let us know. We will always try to place dogs based on best fitting lifestyle, personality and availability.

 
 
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We are currently only accepting fosters who are located in Steamboat, Steamboat two or are within 10-15 minutes from the shelter. If you are outside our current foster service area, please apply to be a volunteer. While it is quite different from fostering, volunteering helps the animals located directly in the shelter to get the enrichment and socialization needed. 

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Foster Application
Foster Animal Report Card

Please complete this report card for your foster animal about how they did while they were in your home.

Foster parent(s)
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    If you have more photos and videos to send, please email them to foster@routthumane.org.

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    Extra notes could include how I played with other dogs, if I was vocal when I played, if I didn't play then how did I interact, etc.
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    Extra notes could include how I interacted with cats, if I was playful or agitated, and if I did interact with cats in the home what were those cats like?
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    Extra notes could include how I interacted with children, if I was rough or gentle, and information about the children like their ages and energy levels.
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    Extra notes could include - For cats - where the litterbox was located, if I didn't use the litterbox, how often did I use it? For dogs - if I was housetrained how often did I need to go out, how did I signal to go the bathroom, etc.
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    Extra notes could include how often and for how long I was in the crate, how I did while I was in the crate, if I was vocal when in the crate, and if I had problems with the crate what were they and how were they being handled?
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    Extra notes could include how often and how long I was alone, if I was vocal when left alone, what kind of toys/enrichment I had when alone, etc.

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    Follow up

    My foster would love to hear from my new family once I'm adopted! Feel free to contact them using their information listed below and let them know how I'm doing in my new home! You can also email us at adopt@routthumane.org so that we can share your pet's success story with our shelter staff and supporters!

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