Become a Foster Carer
We are always looking for fosters long term and also temporary fosters over the school and Christmas holiday period. Please call us on 0499 198 949 if you are able to help.
Our foster carers provide a valuable service to Paws Hoofs and Claws Inc. They are the back-bone of the organisation, offering their time to care for abandoned and orphaned animals until we can permanently re-home them, and they do this without remuneration. Without the devotion of our carers, we would not be able to operate. Some of our carers often have orphaned animals that require close to 24 hour care and regular feeds.
In order to achieve our goals, we need to recruit some responsible foster carers to work with us until we are able to get a more permanent facility in the future. To become a foster carer you must be prepared to take an animal into your home and provide a caring environment until it is either reunited with its owner or it is adopted into a permanent home. Often, only a day or two is required for fostering, but other times many weeks may be involved especially with new-born pets or severely neglected animals. Sometimes a lot of time needs to be devoted to hand feeding or rehabilitation which can be quite demanding. However, lots of our animals are healthy and happy and simply need to know they are loved - we do however appreciate some basic training if your time permits. Think about the behaviour you would like to see in a dog you were about to adopt.
What we will Provide:
All veterinary care, including desexing, general healthcare, medications, microchipping, vaccinations, and worming will be covered by Paws Hoofs and Claws. Assistance with food can be arranged if required or you can request to either be reimbursed for purchases or we can provide you with a tax deductible receipt.
Foster Carer Requirements:
> You need to have a fully fenced yard or some other suitable facility for the particular animal;
> You must have appropriate housing and shelter from sun and the elements;
> You must not exceed the local councils limit of animals on your property;
> You need to provide access to water at all times and provide suitable nourishment;
> If you already have animals you will need to check on their compatibility with the new arrival or have the means to keep them separate;
> If you have children, you will need to make sure that the safety of both parties is assured.
> Foster carers can specify the type of animal they are prepared to foster and can choose to have low care or high care.
> You need to remember that this can be a time consuming exercise but it can also be a very rewarding one.
If you think you would like to become a volunteer foster carer and you fulfill the above requirements, simply complete and submit a Foster Carer Application or contact a member of the PHC Team for further information.
Together, we can make a difference!