Thanks so much for considering becoming a foster “parent” to pets taken into the Faithful Friends Animal Advocates Foster Care Program. We realize that your interest indicates a passion for the plight of abandoned and abused defenseless pets. Every day we get calls for help from people who have found abandoned puppies, dogs, cats, and kittens. Even though we now operate an Adoption Center on Hwy 86 in Neosho, foster parents are still very much needed to provide the special care that is difficult, if not impossible, in a shelter situation.
FFAA embraces a “No–Kill” philosophy -- we are committed to caring for a pet until such time as we find a suitable forever home. The only exceptions to that “No-Kill” policy are in the case of a pet (cat or dog) too sick or injured to recover, or a pet too abused (broken) to be rehabilitated and be placed in a forever home. Only in those two situations and only with a veterinarian's prognosis combined with unanimous agreement of our adoption committee, may a dog or cat under our care be euthanized as the most humane and compassionate final act we can do for this animal.
The adoption process can take anywhere from a few days to a few months. Our first priority is the welfare of the pet, matching each individually unique pet with the right lifelong guardian(s). We ask you to commit to this pet until it is adopted, if at all possible. The pets we receive have usually been traumatized by abuse and/or abandonment. They recover best in a stable, caring environment. Moving them from place to place can slow their recovery process.
FFAA Responsibilities: An animal coming into our foster care program is first taken to a veterinarian for a health examination, vaccinations, deworming and flea/tick treatment before going to a foster home. This protects you, your home and other pets. We take photos of the pet, write a description of the pet and place this information on Petfinder, Facebook, and our website. We also hold “Adoption Days” at various FFAA events. We field all inquiries about the pet, via phone or email. Our adoption committee reviews each adoption application carefully. We follow up the application with a phone interview, determining at that time whether to proceed with a “meet and greet.” The final decision about an adoption is made by our committee. FFAA is responsible for all medical care expenses, flea/tick applications, and food while in your home, as well as a kennel/crate for training purposes if needed.
Foster Home Responsibilities: You and all members of your household would be responsible for providing safety, shelter, basic training, socializing and love for the pet while in your care. We would also appreciate your help with transportation to and from vet appointments and adoption days although that is not required. When we are in the interviewing process with a potential adopter, we may ask for your valuable input. You will by then know the pet better than anyone else and could field any specific questions we or the applicant might have. We would forward applicant contact information to you for that purpose. When an adoption has been approved, we would contact you to schedule the adoption appointment at which time the pet goes to its forever home. We also appreciate any help you can give in finding the right home for your foster pet by spreading the word among family and friends.
Foster care is a very rewarding experience for you and your family. We are deeply grateful for the vital service provided by our foster families. With your special love and care, you can transform the life of an orphaned dog or cat.
If you are ready to make this commitment, the process is:
1. Complete and submit the application that follows.
2. Participate in a phone interview with FFAA representative.
3. Provide veterinary's info so that we may contact him/her.
4. Schedule and complete a home visit with a FFAA representative.
5. Read, discuss, responsibilities and complete a FFAA Foster Care Contract.