The Arlington Animal Services Center Foster Pet Program is currently recruiting volunteers to open their hearts to our shelter orphans. This program is designed to improve the survivability and adoptability of “special needs” pets, decrease euthanasia and increase placement of animals into loving, responsible and permanent homes. The shelter staff administrator will provide the foster animal with needed supplies such as food and will assist the volunteer through the program.
The foster animals from the shelter include:
- Animals too young/immature for adoption
- Injured animals or animals recovering from surgery
- Other “special needs” animals
The average stay in a foster home is two to four weeks. However, some animals stay only a few days while others will need to stay longer than the four weeks.There is always a slight health risk when exposing your pets to other animals, however, the health risks are minimal if the foster parent’s animals are currently vaccinated, maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and are not too elderly or very young.If a foster animal becomes ill, the Arlington Animal Services Center hours are:
- Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Second Tuesday each month: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The foster care volunteer will make contact with the Animal Care Coordinator or a supervisor on duty at Arlington Animal Services Center. The shelter has a vet on staff to administer care to shelter animals.Foster animals normally take approximately 24 hours or longer to adjust to their new environment. Foster care volunteers are asked to give basic command training and crate training. As a general rule, children under the age of 12 years old should never be left alone and unsupervised with a foster animal.Any interested person should complete the volunteer application and note on the application that they are interested in the foster care program. The application normally takes 7-10 business days to process. This program is new to the shelter and we are in hopes of creating a successful program for our city’s shelter animals.
For more information, contact Christie Compton at Christie.Compton@ArlingtonTX.gov.