ESP runs on fosters! Thank you for your consideration in fostering for ESP.
We believe that no animal should ever have to deal with the abandonment of being left at an animal shelter, and certainly no animal should ever be euthanized merely because of the lack of space. Every animal shelter should be an empty one. We take in many animals from shelters in danger of being put to sleep and animals on their way to animal shelters.
Foster owners receive a dog/cat in all conditions. These animals have often been abandoned, abused or lived their entire life in a shelter. Some are not potty trained and need the patience and training from their foster. As a foster, you can help show them love, kindness, and teach them how to trust again. You give the wary dog/cat an opportunity to relax and get over their insecurity, in some cases nurturing them back to robust health and polite behavior patterns. When a suitable home is found, you cheerfully part with the dog/cat you inevitably have bonded with. It isn’t always easy, but the reward of seeing happy dogs/cats and new owners is always worth it.
ESP provides everything, the food/bowls/crates/litter boxes and veterinary care approved by ESP.
You provide: a safe and loving environment for your foster dog/cat until they find a permanent home, transportation to/from adoption events and to any necessary vet appointments. You will provide a rescued dog/cat with a second chance at life!
A foster dog/cat will provide: Great companionship, unconditional love, and unending gratitude.
Empty Shelter Project Foster Process
1. Complete an adoption application
2. ESP will do a home check
3. Complete a Foster Contract
4. Ready to foster!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Foster parents are the most important people involved in a rescue. ESP gets many emails and calls every day from organizations and people begging us to save the lives of dogs/cats in imminent danger of being put to sleep. ESP works with a network of foster homes who can care for the dogs/cats while we work to find them their permanent homes. We don’t have a shelter, so fosters are invaluable to us. Their numbers dictate how many lives we can save. Without the support and presence of fosters, most of the dogs/cats will never make it out of the shelter alive.
Can I foster if I currently have a dog and/or cat in my home?
Yes, most of the dogs/cats we take in are animal friendly. We will always work with you to make sure that your foster dog/cat is a good fit for your home.
How long will I need to foster the dog/cat?
Foster times vary, you may have the dog/cat for a week up to a few months. Each animal is different, but ESP will work with you to meet any concern you have.
Do I get to choose my foster pet?
Generally yes, when we get new animals, we will work with you on choosing your foster pet. In some cases, we may only have a few animals who need fosters so the choices are limited. To see a list of the dogs/cats who currently need a foster home, look for “foster needed” next to their name on our adoptable list.
What does a foster parent do?
All the things that a dog/cat owner does, but for a short time: daily care, feeding, grooming, reinforcing obedience, and generally giving the dog/cat love and affection. The reason why foster parents are so important is because there are many wonderful, adoptable dogs and cats in the shelters whose perfect owners haven’t found them yet. Many people are wary about adopting directly from a shelter because so much is unknown about the dog or cat. We only take in temperamentally sound dogs and cats, and people are more likely to adopt from us because our foster parents can tell them what they are like in a home situation, likes and dislikes, and little quirks – things that are difficult to determine when they are in a shelter.
Do I have to have a fenced yard?
No, we encourage fosters without fenced in yards to think about how the dog will get adequate exercise and “take care of business”. A fenced in yard does not take the place of walks and adequate exercise. We do not, however, allow the use of electric fences.
Do I need to be home all day to foster?
No. We do ask for you to secure the foster dog/cat in a crate or room while you are away from the home if you have other animals in the household. Never leave your animals and the foster animal together unattended. The most important thing to us is the safety of your dogs/cats, as well as the safety of the foster dog/cat.
What if I become attached to my foster dog/cat?
Foster parents are often concerned about their attachments to the rescue dog/cat – When they realize what a wonderful gift they were able to give to the rescue dog/cat in need, it makes it all worthwhile! To have opened your heart and your home, and given a needy dog/cat a second chance is truly an amazing experience. By turning them over to their permanent home, you will be able to foster another dog/cat in need if you so choose. If we can only save one more life, it is worth the world and the sadness to say goodbye.
Can I adopt my foster dog/cat?
Of course! We offer you the first choice at adopting your foster!