Teenagers looking to fulfill community service hours for school are eligible to receive credit for hours spent fostering animals. However due to insurance issues and safety concerns, only individuals who are at least 18 can sign up as a foster parent.
Young adults and children can help with the foster animals’ in the home, but adults must be the primary caregivers. Talk with your parents to see if fostering will work for your whole family as well as your individual school requirements. For more information about our youth service requirements, please contact the foster care program at 425.787.2500 x822.
Foster parent volunteers need to transport animals to PAWS in Lynnwood, WA on a regular basis for vaccinations, vet checks, weight checks and spay and neuter surgeries. Vaccination appointments and weigh-ins for kittens and puppies are scheduled every two weeks. Veterinarian appointments are scheduled as needed for each animal, generally every 7-14 days.
We will simply call another foster volunteer. We want to make sure you feel like you’ll be able to give the time needed, so we don’t pressure you into taking an animal. If you can’t foster this time around, we’ll just call you the next time.
Foster animals, like any other companion animal in your home, may destroy carpeting, drapes, clothing and other valuable items. Preparing your home and the area the animals will stay in can prevent most accidents, but not all of them.
Foster animals may need to be isolated from your own companion animals. A separate room or enclosed area with no carpet will often work best (like a bathroom or laundry room).
PAWS and all animal shelters in Washington State are prohibited by law from giving veterinary care to privately owned animals. If your animal becomes sick or injured due to interactions with a PAWS foster animal, you will be responsible for all medical care required.
It can be difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached to a foster animal. Be prepared for tears and some heartache when you bring your foster animals back to PAWS. But remember foster care volunteers play a crucial part in helping unwanted animals get to permanent, loving homes they deserve.
Sometimes adoption is not an option for animals with some illnesses or behavior problems even after the animal has been fostered. PAWS will determine if other options, including transfer to an animal rescue group, are appropriate and available. Knowing that an animal you have fostered may need to be humanely euthanized can be very hard to handle. Please remember that the PAWS foster care team is always here for support.
Thank you for helping find homes for your foster animals. Please keep in mind however, that the animals will not be available until their medical work, including spay or neuter surgery, is completed. Please refer interested adopters to the PAWS Foster Care Program at 425.787.2500 x822 to start the adoption conversation.
This can happen when foster parents fall in love with the animals. If you wish to adopt a foster animal, please call the PAWS Foster Care Program at 425.787.2500 x822 to start the adoption conversation. Your foster animal may already have an “adoption hold” for another person. Having available foster homes is crucial for saving lives, so we ask foster parents to consider how adopting a foster animal may affect their ability to continue fostering other animals in the future.
Above: Young puppies and kittens often stay with PAWS' volunteer foster families until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered then adopted from the shelter.