BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- It takes a special person to foster animals in need. But those special people are needed right now according to the SPCA of Westchester.
The shelter has several animals that are either too young to be adopted, need socialization, or nursed back to health, said officials with organization.
Whether it's a litter of orphaned kittens who need to be bottle fed or an abused dog who needs some loving care to be able to trust people again, foster parents provide a safe environment for these animals to mature, become more socialized or heal from an illness, said the SPCA of Westchester.
Anyone can be a foster parent provided they have experience caring for animals and are able to provide a clean and safe and loving environment for the animal. Potential volunteers must fill out an application and interview with the volunteer coordinator at the potential foster home.
After the application and a home visit are approved, the applicant will sign a contract with the SPCA. The animals all have current vaccinations, heart worm preventive (for dogs) and de-worming medications and have been spayed/neutered unless they are not yet old enough.
An animal will typically stay in a foster home for any where from two weeks to up to four months depending on the situation and the animal's needs. Most volunteers are asked to ask to be prepared to make a four month commitment in case that amount of time is needed.
With the exception of medical costs, the expenses incurred while fostering an animal are the volunteer's financial contribution to the shelter. The SPCA ask that foster homes provide good quality food for the dogs and cats. Receipts for the cost of food, toys, bedding and grooming expenses may be kept and the SPCA will acknowledge these contributions for tax purposes.
To submit a foster application or learn more, contact 914-941-2896, ext. 11 or email: Shelter@spca914.org
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