Volunteer

You must read all of the guidelines BEFORE filling ​out the online version of the foster application.

CMPD Animal Care & Control would like to invite YOU to be a foster parent for a shelter pet in need!  The more foster homes we have, the more animals we can save!

Foster Types:

Kitten Fosters:  kittens too young to safely be placed for adoption.  Foster parents provide love and care while the kittens grow.  Once a kitten reaches the age and weight required for the adoption program, the kitten MUST be returned to the shelter.  The littles are easier to place! 

Cat Fosters: cats that have been in the shelter for a longer period of time need breaks from the kennel!  Also, cats that show behavior concerns in the kennel or in this hustle and bustle environment.  Length of time for fostering would be determined by foster coordinator.

Puppy Fosters: puppies too young to safely be placed for adoption.  This is a rare foster as we don't see much of this anymore (yay spay/neuter!).  But in the off chance that one might come in, the foster parent would provide love and care while the puppy grows.  Once the puppy reaches the age and weight required for the adoption program, the puppy MUST be returned to the shelter.

Dog Fosters: Adult dogs may need to be fostered for a variety of reasons: kennel stress, long length of stay in the shelter, heartworms, medical problems, and minor behavioral concerns.  You will work with the foster coordinator to determine length of time needed for foster.

  • NEW DOG FOSTERING OPPORTUNITY: "Get To Know Me Program"  SHORT TERM FOSTER

    • This program will be eligible for approved dogs that have been on the adoption floor for one week or longer.  We value the importance of dogs having time outside of this environment and foster parents can provide valuable personality information that will help attract the right adopter. The shelter environment is the most unnatural environment a dog could ever be in so they aren't their "real self" here.  Fostering gives us a picture of who a dog really is in the real world. 

    • The length of time for this type of foster is dependent on you!  Do you have two days to foster? Great, two days outside the kennel is a vacation for the dog!  Do you have one or two weeks? Even better! The important thing is that there isn't a time limit on valuable information (or on love given to dogs!). You can tailor this type of foster to fit into your schedule all while making a huge difference to the shelter and the animal.

    • Note: most of the adult dogs that will need this kind of foster are the type of dogs that are harder to place for adoption. Pits, pit mixes, medium to large sized mixes, and older dogs of all sizes. Small dogs are generally adopted within a few days so please consider this before filling out the application.

Foster Program Guidelines:

Any Charlotte area citizen, CMPD AC&C employee or volunteer may participate in the foster program after the fostering application is approved.  You do not have to be a full CMPD volunteer to participate so spread the word to your friends, family, and neighbors!

Participation in the program is entirely voluntary and there will be no monetary compensation.

IMPORTANT - It shall be within the sole discretion of AC&C fostering staff which animals are available for foster care.

There will be no permanent fosters.  Long term fosters will be sent out on a case by case basis and must be approved by AC&C fostering staff.  Long term fosters include but are not limited to: hospice, mange, heartworms, medical and specific behaviors.

Puppies and kittens must be at least two weeks old with their eyes open before they can be fostered unless the foster has attended the required bottle feeding class through AC&C. To receive approval to bottle feed, please contact the foster coordinator for further instructions. This includes bottle feeding kittens and puppies at home; there is a separate class for volunteering within the kitten nursery.

Puppies and kittens must be fostered in groups of two (2) or more unless there are less than two in the original litter.  Littermates provide valuable life experience and socialization to each other! Fostering staff will be able to determine if two (2) single kittens who are not related can be placed together in a home.

All fostered animals will be given a medical chart showing when their vaccinations, deworming, health checks, etc. are due.  It is the fosterer's responsibility to keep this schedule.

The fosterer must return the animal(s) to AC&C:

  • for all veterinary appointments (as set out in the Medical Care Schedule)
  • when the AC&C Vet Staff deems the animal(s) ready for adoption
  • and/or, at any other time upon the request of AC&C Vet staff

A foster animal(s) shall never be left outside unattended.  The foster parent must walk the animal(s) on a leash or be physically present outside in a fenced-in yard with the animal(s).

Once the animal is deemed to be available for adoption by AC&C fostering staff, the foster parent contact information (phone number and/or email address) will be made available online to potential adopters of the foster animal(s).

AC&C will provide all medications, veterinary care, and pet food.  Crates and other supplies will be supplied if available.  Please make sure to ask the foster coordinator for what you need!

The foster coordinator will frequently send out emails of animals that need foster so you will be kept updated on who needs what.  Also, if you see an animal that you would like to foster that isn't on the foster emails sent out, please contact the foster coordinator.

 

By continuing on to the online foster application you acknowledge that you have read the above guidelines and agree to abide by them fully. You understand that failure to comply with them may result in the loss of your approval to foster animals.

 

Complete the online registration​ or you can print out the foster application and it mail to:
 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control
c/o: Amy Yeager
8315 Byrum Dr.
Charlotte, NC  28217

Once we receive your application the foster coordinator will contact you.

If you have​ any questions email our coordinator at ayeager@cmpd.org

The shelter staff want to be sure that you are fully prepared for the responsibility that surrounds caring for a bottle kitten baby. Before filling out the application, you must read over these guidelines so you know what your job will be when volunteering in our nursery.

Remember that there will be a mandatory training session to go over protocols and procedures.

Nursery volunteer job description:

  • Feeding kittens according to feeding procedures and sanitation protocols

  • Make accurate notes on the kittens daily care sheets

  • Clean kitten's cages according to protocols

  • Empty trash as needed

  • Wash dishes and do laundry as needed

  • Provide a clean, healthy and safe environment for the kittens within the nursery

  • Be emotionally prepared to care for fading kittens and those who pass away

When working within the nursery, you'll need to:

  • Keep kittens warm at all times

  • Provide kittens with adequate nutrition

  • Keep kittens clean at all times

  • Do your best to protect them from infectious disease

  • Stimulate them to urinate and defecate

Mother cats groom their kittens to stimulate urination and defecation on a regular basis. In the absence of their mothers, it becomes our responsibility. Kittens under three weeks of age won't be able to urinate and defecate on their own, so this is a crucial job.

Newborn kittens do not have fully developed immune systems, so they are susceptible to many illnesses and parasites, some of which they get from their mothers at birth. Kittens need proper care and attention to ensure that they grow up to be happy, healthy cats.

Part of your reward for taking such great care of our kittens includes snuggles which helps with their socialization which will make them more adoptable and easier to find new homes.

If you feel you can provide the care described above to our babies in the nursery, then you are ready to fill out the kitten nursery application. Fill out the application and email to Lori Todd at ltodd@cmpd.org

You may NOT receive an email/confirmation that your application has been received but you WILL be contacted when you are approved to attend a training session.

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