Broken Promises Rescue has no shelter or facility so we rely solely on foster homes. Please considering offering your home to these animals until they find their forever families.
Do you love animals? Do you have room in your home and heart to help a cat or dog without a family? Do you have patience and dedication? Then please consider fostering!
Foster homes are an integral part of rescue. They allow us to remove needy animals from the shelter system and gain important personality assessment and advice, ensuring that the dog or cat is matched with the best adoptive home. Also, foster homes help with house training, obedience training, and crate training.
Being a foster parent is not easy. Many of the rescues arrive scared, thin, sick, or broken in spirit, and it is the foster homes that nurse them back to health. They then become available for adoption by their permanent homes. It takes a strong heart to foster, but each animal warms a part of that heart forever.
Your commitment to fostering can literally mean the difference between life and death. Few animals thrive in shelters, and when space becomes tight the “less adoptable” ones are often euthanized. The mandate of Broken Promises Rescue is to rehabilitate such animals to give them the best chance of finding their permanent loving homes.
Foster homes are provided with pet food, supplies, collar, leash, food dishes, toys, a crate, litter boxes and bedding, as needed. Many of our foster homes have these items and choose to supply the food as their donation to help, but it isn’t necessary We also offer support with trainers, group foster chats and guidance. All medical expenses are covered by BPR but must be pre-approved by our vet.
Benefits of Fostering
Fostering saves two lives. Removing one animal from the shelter system frees up a space for another needy pet.
You experience the fun and love of a new dog or cat without the lifetime commitment.
You provide welcome feedback. We want to hear all your opinions and observations, which directly affect the home we choose.
Broken Promises Rescue provides full support for foster families: check-ins, advice, and the support of the whole community.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a foster parent?
Complete and submit our Foster Application. A volunteer will contact you and arrange a home check and an opportunity to answer any questions you may have. If all goes well, we will contact you when a dog or cat matching your specifications enters our program.
Am I going to be matched with a “troubled” shelter dog?
The application process lets us understand the experience and limitations of the foster family. The family will not be stretched beyond its abilities. Most foster homes are extremely happy with the dogs and cats that come to them.
What is expected of me?
As much as possible, we want your fostered pet to be integrated into your home. Taking your cue from the animals’ reactions, include them in family activities, taking dogs out and about as often as possible and observing their personalities to help us place them in the ideal homes. Foster dogs benefit greatly from training and socialization. We support firm but kind leadership and positive training, and we will provide you with the resources you need to get your foster dog off to a great start.
Foster cats also need to be integrated into family life. Cuddle and groom them if they enjoy such attention, or just let them hang out with the family if that is what they prefer. Exposure to cat-friendly dogs and respectful children also plays a big part in preparing the cat for its permanent home.
Isn’t it hard to say good-bye?
Yes! Many foster families shed a tear when their beloved foster pet walks out the door for the last time, but you will know the joy of having nurtured and prepared the animal for its happy new home. And there are other animals waiting for your love.
What happens when you want to keep the foster?
If you do fall in love with your fostered pet and want to offer a permanent home, BPR would be happy for you to complete the adoption application. We will already know if your home is a great fit. You may end up joining the “Foster Flunkies 101″ club, those who can accommodate no more animals and are thus unable to foster again–tough on us, but great for the animals who found permanent homes!
Please open your heart and home and help an animal in need. There is simply nothing more rewarding!