Definitions County: The county in North Carolina in which you live. Don't live in North Carolina? No problem! Every animal rescue group and shelter needs foster homes. To locate an animal rescue organization near you, check out Petfinder.com (type your zip code under ’Location’ and click on ’Go!’). if you need help locating a foster program near you.

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Animals to foster: Cats and Dogs (mixed breeds), Purebred Dogs (Boxer, Doberman, Siberian Husky, Basset Hound, Rottweiler, etc.), Rabbits, Birds, Pocket Pets (Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbils, Ferrets, Mice, Rats), Horses, and Farm Animals (Goats, Chickens, Sheep, etc).

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Minimum fostering commitment: This is the minimum amount of time that you can commit to fostering. If the pet is not placed into an adoptive home prior to this time, the animal may need to stay longer in your home, or the rescue group might be able to relocate the pet to another available foster home. If you are considering fostering for only a few days, it can be for weekends and holidays, as current foster families sometimes need to go out of town and kenneling their foster pets costs the rescue groups money.

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Minimum fostering commitment: This is the minimum amount of time that you can commit to fostering. If the pet is not placed into an adoptive home prior to this time, the animal may need to stay longer in your home, or the rescue group might be able to relocate the pet to another available foster home.

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Pet food/litter/medications provided by organization: All organizations provide medical care and medications for the animals being fostered through designated veterinary hospitals. In some cases, the organization also provides food and litter.

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Foster-parent training orientation required: Foster parent may be required to attend training sessions on animal care and management, veterinary care, and public relations. Some organizations may provide written foster care guidelines.

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Foster-parent transport animals to adoption events: Foster parent may be required to transport the animal to adoption events, off-site adoption locations, or for home visits to potential adopters.

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Foster-parent transport animals to vet: In the case the foster animal needs veterinary care, or becomes ill or injured, foster parent may be required to transport animal to designated veterinary hospitals.

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Adopters visit foster homes: Foster parent may be required to allow potential adopters to visit their home to see the animal.


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Location: The location of the rescue group or shelter. Veterinary offices and adoption events are usually located in or around that location. All organizations have adoption events and designated veterinary hospitals in the Triangle. Some organizations will bring the animal(s) to foster parent’s home even if they may not be located in the same city.


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