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I am having personal problems and cannot care for my pets any longer. How can I find a foster home for my pets?
The Pet Foster Network helps animal rescue groups and shelters in North Carolina to recruit foster homes. Unfortunately there are not enough foster homes available to include personal pets into our program. We don't have any foster homes in reserve. Once a home is recruited, it is immediately assigned to animal rescue group.

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented. Best Friends Pet Care Library provides numerous behavior and training tips, health & care tips, and more.

Click here for tips on how to find a foster home for a pet that you have found.

For a list of pet-friendly housing in North Carolina and the United States, click here.

Don't despair! You can find a foster home for your pets. Don't overlook word-of-mouth. Quite often "friends of friends" know someone who can temporary foster your pets. Consider asking everyone you know or have known who may have met your pets or loves animals, might be able to take your pets. Or even share: someone for a couple weeks, someone else for a couple weeks... Ask all friends and relatives, neighbors, pet walkers, veterinarians, and get the word out that you need help everywhere.

Consider signing up with Best Friends Network to connect with people and groups near you. First, locate your Go Local. To do that, click on your state or city on the map. If you're not already a Fan of your Go Local, click on "Become a Fan." Now click on "Forum" from the right-hand menu. Click "Start a New Topic," fill out the form, and click "Post."

Post a message on Craigslist, Facebook and Twitter, keeping your message heartwarming and upbeat, something people wouldn’t find difficult to read. Send a mass e-mail to all your friends, family, everyone you know; contact self-help groups of people that you may be involved with (AA, cancer support, Lions Club, neighborhood watch, etc.).

If you have notice, can you post something in your church bulletin or bulletin board for help, nearby senior center or market, place of work, senior residence facility, apartment complex, health club and other strategic places (see Make a Flyer or Create Your Flyer). Sometimes a vet or grooming place will try to help for a little while -- or they can at least post an urgent request. If you can, you need to make sure your pets are up to date on shots and health-check up-- people are more likely to foster.

Consider boarding the pet in a kennel or vet's office until you can take him back. Ask for a discount if you are going to board your pet more than a week.

If it is a cat or cats --can you have someone come in a few times a week and feed them and change the litter and check on them for awhile. Consider buying a large playpen for people who already have pets but could contain your cats.

If you live in North Carolina, you can post your pet's information on our website. Pets needing foster homes are promoted on our homepage, newsletter, and Facebook Fan page.

Read Best Friends'suggestions and resources for finding help with short-term care for your pets.

If you find a foster home for your pet instead of surrendering it to the animal shelter where it will be most likely euthanized, we can help you find an animal rescue group to sponsor your pet. "Sponsor" means the rescue organization would pay for medical, advertise the pet's availability, screen for potential owners, and place the pet in its permanent home. Arrangements should be made between the owner and the rescue group.

Once you have found a foster home for your pet, a veterinary care authorization and pet owner agreement, and a foster caregiver contract (samples provided) should be signed in case where you want to be reunited with your pet. Owner ensures veterinary care and supplies.

If you live in the Chicago area, you can also contact Blessed Bonds; they offer temporary assistance to persons who want to keep their animal companions but are having difficulties that interfere with their ability to meet their pets' daily needs.

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