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!
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.
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.