Foster

AUGUST 2020 UPDATE: Starting August 16th, any pending or new foster applicants will be contacted to schedule a home inspection. Please be patient as it may take our Foster Coordinator several days to get in contact with you. We want to thank our community for reaching out to us with a desire to help the animals at the Aurora Animal Shelter. We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming amount of support from people wanting to foster over the past few months!



BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT

Kittens
Our foster parents are extremely essential to the animals at the Aurora Animal Shelter. We depend heavily on their abilities to nurture, care and provide comfort for the animals at our facility. Fostering takes an individual that is dedicated, responsible and committed.

Listed below are the different type of foster scenarios that we usually encounter. We prefer that our fosters advise us on which situations they would be willing to foster.

If you are interested in fostering, here are some guidelines to keep in mind.


Foster Guidelines
  • Foster parent must be at least 18.
  • An annual home inspection is required.
  • An isolated room is needed to keep foster animals in.
  • Own home or have approval from landlord.
  • Undergo a training class for neonatal and feral kittens.
  • Supplies are provided by the Aurora Animal Shelter
If you are interested in joining our foster team, please fill out our Foster Application and email it to our Foster Coordinator. Any additional questions can be directed to our Foster Coordinator at 303.326.8295 or FosterAnimal@auroragov.org.



In addition to needing foster parents, the shelter is also in need of kitten foster supplies. If you would like to assist the foster program by providing supplies, please view our Additional Items Needed for Kittens in Foster Care list. Donations can be left at the front door of the shelter. If you have any questions, or require a donation receipt upon drop off, please call the shelter at 303.326.8280.  The shelter thanks you for your support!



YOUNG KITTENS AND PUPPIES
Puppy with toy
Even though these kittens and puppies are generally eating on their own and active, they are still too young to be placed up for adoption. It's crucial that they go into a foster home to learn proper socializing skills that they will carry with them into their adult lives. In addition, it gives them the chance to experience plenty of playtime without being in the shelter environment.




NURSING MOTHERS
Mother cat with kitten
Being a new mom can be stressful for both dogs and cats, even more so while being at the shelter. Fostering for a nursing mom provides her with a quiet stress-free environment to carry out her motherly duties. Not to mention that a foster home provides her with plenty of space if she needs a break.



NEONATAL KITTENS
Newborn KittenNeonatal kittens, also referred to as Bottle Babies, are recently newborn kittens that are brought to the shelter without a mother. These baby kittens are fragile and require more consistent care throughout the day and night as they are unable to fend for themselves. These cuties are fed every 2-3 hours until they are old enough to eat solid food on their own.




FERAL KITTENS
Feral Kitten
These wild kittens are fearful of people and require a patient foster parent that can help them overcome their fears. These kittens require a lot of hands-on interactions in order to establish crucial socializing skills with people.






MEDICAL CASES
Dog medical recovery
Foster homes play a key role in providing a stress-free environment for animals recovering from medical treatments or surgical operations.









SHY ADULTS
Two Huskies
Sometimes an animal has a difficult time adjusting to the noisy shelter environment and may need to be placed in a foster home to help them with their confidence.


Please contact our Foster Coordinator if you require any additional information regarding our foster program!





FOSTER SUCCESS STORIES 2020

SAMMY

SammySammy is truly an inspiration and has defied all odds. Sammy amazingly survived on his own inside of a house for nearly 3 months.

Sadly, Sammy's owner had died at the hospital. The owner's family lived out of state and was unaware that he had a cat. It wasn't until a neighbor spotted Sammy in a window nearly 3 months later that Animal Control was contacted.

Sammy was safely removed from the house but unfortunately had lost a ton of weight. To make matters worse he showed no interest in food. The shelter's medical team diagnosed Sammy with hepatic lipidosis which occurs when cat's stop eating and is life threatening.  Sammy was quickly placed into a foster home and had to be fed with a feeding tube, while receiving liver support medication and injections.

While in his foster home he regained 2 lbs., his appetite returned and he no longer needed assistance with eating. Sammy eventually returned to the shelter, was given a clean bill of health and placed up for adoption.

MARVEL

MarvelMarvel was a 7-month-old pup that was shockingly underweight when he arrived at the shelter on May 1st. Marvel had been running loose in Aurora when he was caught by a concerned citizen and then handed over to animal control. Despite his thick coat, Marvel was extremely emaciated and weighed 19.4 lbs. The shelter's medical team placed him on a strict diet that limited the amount of food he could consume.




Marvel at 19.4 lbsFor most of us, our instinct is to provide an emaciated animal with as much food as possible.  However, doing so could be detrimental to their health and even cause death. When an emaciated dog is suddenly given large quantities of food, their body may not be able to handle it which can result in serious health consequences. It was imperative that Marvel was fed in small portions throughout the day, while gradually increasing his food amount over the coming weeks.



Marvel at 30 lbsMarvel was eventually placed into a foster home where he remained on a strict feeding schedule. Thanks to the love and support of Marvel's foster family, he was able to gain a healthy weight and now weighs 30 lbs. Marvel was returned to the shelter on June 9th and quickly adopted to a loving home.






CHEWIE

Chewie Before and AfterChewie came to the shelter in January 2020 with a skin condition called sarcoptic mange, which resulted in hair loss. Chewie was treated by the shelter's medical team and sent into a foster home to recover. Once his hair had grown back, Chewie was returned to the shelter and adopted shortly thereafter.







VOLUNTEERING 

Interested in volunteering at the Aurora Animal Shelter?  Click Volunteering to learn more information!

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