Thank you for your interest in the Fostering Program. The Prairie Paws Adoption Center accepts stray and owned animals regardless of age, health, species or breed; therefore we take in around 8,000 animals per year. As a result, we are always in need of individuals or families who can commit their time, energy, and love to assist us in saving as many lives as possible. By offering your home to an animal in need, not only do you help prepare a pet for a forever home, but you also directly assist in combating overpopulation in our shelter. At this moment you have the opportunity to become involved in this lifesaving mission and together we can help battle animal homelessness in Grand Prairie.
What is a Foster Home?
A foster home is sometimes the first loving and stable environment that an animal has ever experienced. In a Grand Paw Foster Home you will provide affectionate temporary basic care for a pet until they can find a loving, responsible, and forever home. Your home environment must be a happy, safe and healthy place to adequately nurture your foster.
What types of animals need fostering?
Under-aged kittens and puppies
Gestating or nursing mothers with litter.
Cats/dogs going through recovery after injury or illness
"Socially-Awkward" cats or dogs needing behavior rehabilitation.
Displaced animals needing temporary homes.
Should you foster?
Here at Prairie Paws we cannot tell you that your fostering experience will always be perfect and wonderful. We're warning you: there will be messes, especially with the youngsters. Kittens sometimes don't understand the litter box and puppies don't know what "hold it" is. Even adult dogs may never have been housetrained one-on-one. Therefore, your foster will require lots of patience, attention, and support before they learn. But the benefits of saving lives, for most fosters, outweigh the costs.
Before fostering, remember to always take in consideration the health and welfare of all individuals in your home, both human and other pets. Although foster animals are full of love, they have been in a shelter environment and they may carry an illness, such a "kennel cough" to your home. Just be ready to separate your pets from shelter animals and have enough space to sanitarily take care of your foster while he or she is with you while providing a clean, loving environment.
Responsibilities of a Foster
Work independently and follow instructions and policies.
Be able to transport foster animals to/from vet appointments and adoption events.
Provide care and socialization to foster when needed.
- Monitor very carefully the medical condition, energy level and behavior of the animal/s in your care.
Be willing to separate foster animals from your own pets, especially if the foster pet is sick or too young.
Ask questions or call when any possible concerns arise.
The amount of time a foster animal will remain in your care is circumstantial. We would prefer animals being fostered due to space or length of stay remain in foster care until we find their FURever home.
We are in need of short-term (usually 2-3 weeks) foster homes for the Home for Hounds dogs before and after (if not adopted) they go to jail for their training. We provide everything you need, such as food, feeding/water bowls, collars, harness, tags, an 'adopt-me' vest and crates (upon availability). All you need to do is provide a loving home!
As a foster parent, you'll provide a temporary home for a newly rescued dog until they go to the Dallas County Jail for their training or after they have received their training. Proving a foster home helps the dogs "desensitize" and not feel as stressed when moving from the shelter to the jail. You can also help promote the dog for adoption by sharing pictures and video with us to post on social media and help them work on their social skills and basic commands.
If 2-3 weeks sounds a little much, consider having a "Rover Sleepover" with one of the dogs! The Rover Sleepover Program is a great way to get the dogs out of the shelter for a few nights (usually over the weekend) and into a loving, family environment. It gives our dogs a chance to decompress from the shelter. The dogs make great companions for binge-watching shows and movies on Netflix, long walks in the park and cheering on your favorite team. It also gives potential adopters or fosters the chance to get to know the dog better before making a long-term commitment.
We provide you with an adopt-me-vest, collar/tags and/or harness, food, food bowls, etc. (upon availability)—you provide a safe, loving environment to get our dogs noticed and into their forever homes.
Contact Tammy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate!
How to Become a Foster Parent
To become a foster parent, please complete the foster application online or by emailing Tammy Roberts at email@example.com.