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Foster Care FAQs

Q: Can I bring my other animals to see an Animal League veterinarian?

A:

Sorry, no -- only Animal League-owned animals (foster animals). However, we do have an affordable veterinarian care Pet Health Center at the Animal League. Their phone number is 516-883-2000, or you can email them at phc@AnimalLeague.org

Q: Can my neighbor/niece/nice boy down the block watch my foster pet for me if I go out of town?

A:

Sorry, no -- the foster animal must come back to the Animal League if you go out of town.

Q: Do I have to be home all day?

A:

No. We have older animals (one year and older) that do not need round-the-clock care. If you are seeking to foster a puppy, you do need to be home most of the day. 

Q: How long will I be fostering?

A:

That depends on how long you can foster. We try to match up your length of time with an animal's need. We can guarantee that all of our animals will need a foster home for no less than two weeks. 

Q: How many animals can I foster at once?

A:

It depends on your time, space and the needs of the foster pets -- you can foster a whole litter of kittens ranging from 2-8 at a time, or a litter of puppies.

Q: What do you have to do to foster an animal?

A:

Fill out an application; be over 21 years old; live in the NY, NJ, CT tri-state area and be allowed to have animals in the home. If you have family please check with all the adults to make sure everybody wants to foster. 

Q: What if I bring my foster pet to my own veterinarian?

A:

We will not cover the expenses. The Animal League is a non-profit organization and cannot cover the cost of another vet; the animal must come back here for care. Our medical clinic is open from 9AM – 9PM every day.

Q: What if I can't foster anymore?

A:

That is okay -- if you currently have a foster pet in your care, please contact the foster care manager to bring the animal back. 

Q: What if I don't have anything at home for the foster animal?

A:

We supply you with the food, bowls, formula, bottles, crate for dogs, playpen for pups, litter pan, litter (non-scoopable) and toys/bed if we have any. If you like a certain brand, unfortunately you would have to supply that yourself. We can only supply you with what we have in stock here at the Animal League.

Q: What if I have a friend/family/neighbor that wants to adopt the foster animal?

A:

Great! Call us with their info; we will contact them, and they will have to come in and fill out an application. They must go through the same process to be approved for adoption and pay the full adoption fee. 

Q: What if I have a veterinarian appointment but I can't come that day?

A:

Please call the front desk to reschedule as soon as possible.

Q: What if I have other animals at home?

A:

Foster animals must be kept separated from animals at home for the first two weeks to protect your own animals from any illnesses. A foster animal is coming from a hospital environment and could be harboring an illness; that is why we recommend keeping the animal separated for at least two weeks from the resident animal.

Q: What if I have to go on vacation and/or a work-related trip?

A:

That is okay -- just let the foster care manager know, and you can bring the foster pet back here.

Q: What if I just adopted a puppy/dog/cat/kitten from the Animal League?

A:

We ask that you wait until your kitten/puppy or your cat/dog has been fully vaccinated and in the home for more than a month. 

Q: What if I run out of food?

A:

We hope that you plan ahead, but if you do run out of food you can always call and get more. If it is late at night, please try to feed the animal something similar to what they are already eating; if it is formula (for kittens), there is a recipe in the workbook that you can make at home.

Q: What if I think my foster pet is sick?

A:

Please call the foster care manager or general number to make an appointment for the animal to be seen by a veterinarian.

Q: What if it is an emergency?

A:

Please try calling to contact a medical manager, but bring the pet in right away. 

Q: What if it's not working out?

A:

Things happen, and we can always try to find you another foster pet that might be a better match. 

Q: What if my foster pet is doing something I don't want it to do, i.e., soiling in the house, chewing on my shoes, scratching my furniture, nipping at me...?

A:

We have a wonderful behavior department that can help with many of these problems; please contact the foster care manager to be connected.

Q: What kinds of animals do you have to foster?

A:

All different types of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. We have orphaned kittens and puppies, senior-care dogs and cats, moms with babies and animals healing after surgeries in all different sizes and ages. 

Q: When do I have to bring the foster animal back?

A:

That depends on when the veterinarian needs to see the animal again, and when it can finally go up for adoption. Usually the veterinarian likes to see the foster animals at least monthly. 

Q: When does my foster pet see the vet?

A:

We have outpatient hours from 2 pm - 5:00 pm every day of the year. You can make an appointment by calling the foster care manager.