On Occasion, KPA! has a need for pets to be fostered. There are basically four types of foster opportunities. Fostering an animal is one of the most rewarding experiences and saves lives!
During kitten and puppy season, we see very young pets come into the shelter that can’t eat on their own. These pets can’t survive at the KCAS shelter so we place them in foster homes. This type of fostering is a bit more involved because it requires the foster to feed the animal in their care every few hours for up to two weeks. KPA! supplies bottle baby fosters training and everything they need to care for the animal. During the foster period, a KPA! the representative will update the foster parent regarding placement of the animal.
Animals are often picked up by animal control (KCAS) with life threatening injuries, with a litter of kittens or puppies, very young or very old. Vulnerable animals do not do well in the stressful shelter situation. In these cases, KCAS asks KPA! to find what is called a medical foster while the animal is on a 72- hour stray hold. Medical fosters usually require a peaceful and safe environment and need to be with a foster who has the time to monitor the pet’s wellness and progress. A KPA! the representative will stay in touch with the foster to update them on the plan for the animal going forward.
KPA! sometimes pulls cats and dogs from KCAS when their time is up and they are at risk of euthanasia. Since we do not have our own facility, we reach out to our foster base for assistance. During the foster period, we search for a rescue or adopter for the animal. This could take days, weeks or months. Fosters who are caring for a pet awaiting a rescue tag (which means they will be taken in by another rescue), should plan to have the animal for an indefinite time period.
Many of the KCAS pets that have been tagged by a rescue need temporary refuge while they await transport to the rescue. Foster parents caring for these types of pets may be asked to take the pet to a vet appointment or on occasion, drive them to a rescue.
Foster parents are required to fill out a foster application located on our website. KPA! reserves the right to deny applications if we feel it is in the best interest of the animal or applicant.
Fosters may also be asked to transport the pet in their care to vet appointments or to a rescue.