Sarah Hammond, Foster Coordinator, titled the foster program ‘Project Starfish’. Do you recall the story about a child who threw back a starfish? To refresh your memory here is the story. As this child stands on a beach full of starfish, she throws them, one at a time, back into the ocean to save their lives. When a woman comes by to tell her she’ll never make a difference, she tosses in another and says, “But I made a difference to that one.”
Sarah was featured in the Austin Pets Directory in May of 2010. She conducts monthly foster orientation sessions at Town Lake Animal Center. GetAPetNow.com is a link to TLAC’s website and there you can review frequently asked questions about the program she created to save pets.
Listen to Sarah on A Variety Of Pets radio show by clicking here. Click here to learn more about the foster orientation session.
Some of the general questions from TLAC’s website are listed below:
Why do we need foster homes?
Each year, thousands of underage puppies and kittens arrive at the Animal Center. It is impossible for these very fragile animals to thrive in a shelter environment. However, if these animals can leave the shelter and grow big and strong and healthy enough for adoption in a foster home – they can be adopted out into a happy forever home. Without foster homes, these helpless babies face an uncertain future.
What kind of animals need to be fostered?
Animals that benefit from foster care come in many shapes and sizes! The largest foster need is for underage kittens and nursing mother cats and their kittens. We also need foster homes for underage puppies and nursing mother dogs and their puppies. Cats and dogs recovering from illness or injuries will enjoy recovering in the comfort of a foster home. In certain circumstances we simply need special temporary homes for a displaced pet.
How long is the typical foster period?
Average time in foster care is 2-4 weeks. If they become ill, it may be longer. Newborn kittens and puppies will need at least 8 weeks in foster care. Kittens and puppies need to be at least 8 weeks old to be eligible for adoption.
Who handles the veterinary care if a foster pet becomes ill while in foster care?
Austin Animal Services has a fully staffed vet services department and will handle all medical needs the foster animal requires at no expense to the foster home.
Save a life. Become a HERO. The experience is extremely rewarding.