Some of these dogs and cats are from PCAWL (we have a very small number of foster homes) while others are courtesy posts for area rescuers and animal lovers trying to help strays.
PCAWL asks that potential adopters fill out a basic application and provide a donation, so our group can continue to help unwanted, abandoned animals find forever families.
All foster homes must fill out the application and follow the guidelines below. Exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis and will be documented.
- All animals must be given adequate, ventilated shelter, preferably inside away from the elements. This includes heating in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer. The temperature of the housing should be between 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- All animals shall be given adequate water and food. Animals should be fed at least twice a day at the minimum.
- No dog shall be kept tethered (on a tie-out or chained) for over 4 hours a day. Nor shall a dog be crated excessively.
- The home must be equipped with working smoke detectors.
- Homes must be kept free of parasites, such as fleas or ticks.
- Dogs shall be provided with adequate exercise, preferably daily walks.
- Cats shall not be kept in a cage, unless there are justifiable physical or behavioral reasons. Physical reasons include ill health. Behavioral reasons include an adjustment period, or feral kittens being socialized. The amount in the cage should be limited as much as possible, for the cats’ well-being and adoptability.
- Foster parents should work at socializing the dogs and cats as much as possible. This means paying attention to them, playing with them, engaging in any training if possible.
- Identification must be worn on all animals (with the exception of unweaned kittens or puppies)—this is a state law for licensed rescues.
- Foster parents will have to provide their own supplies—bowls, leashes, litter boxes, until the organization has enough funds to purchase such items. Food is often available from the organization but not guaranteed.
- If behavior or other unexpected problems emerge, the foster parent will contact the foster coordinator.
- The foster parent cannot have more than 15 animals (including existing pets and current fosters) total. Litters count as 1/2 adults. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, especially during kitten season.
- All applications must have the approval of the foster coordinator and/or committee. No adoptions can occur on an informal basis (such as giving away the pet to a relative without prior approval).
- If you choose to adopt your foster, please contact the foster coordinator.
- New animals can only be accepted into the program by the foster coordinator.