Each year Wayside Waifs receives hundreds of animals that are not ready for adoption when they enter the shelter. We care for animals that are injured or sick, moms with litters, single babies who are too young, need training or behavior modification, or who just need some time out of the shelter to feel good again. That is where the real heroes, our volunteer foster families, take over and give these deserving animals the opportunity for real hope and the chance to find permanent families of their own.
Our dedicated foster families provide in-home care for these animals for an average of 2-4 weeks. With the TLC that our foster parents provide, these animals are able to receive the individual attention that they each desperately need to become something truly special - a lifetime companion. Not only is fostering a fun and educational activity for the whole family, but our foster parents report they are completely enriched by their experiences. They feel significant satsifaction knowing they made a direct impact on an animal’s life.
For their protection, all personal pets of foster parents must be current on vaccinations.
Please note the Foster Care Program is only for animals in Wayside Waifs' care. At this time we do not place animals that are owned by members of the public.
Complete an application today and begin to feel the immediate fulfillment that comes with being a true hero for the animals! Contact Tyler Petty by email or at 816-986-4429 to learn more about this life-saving program.
The average amount of time is 2-4 weeks, and is based upon the animal’s need for foster. The foster parent is always given a projected timeline for each individual animal before accepting a placement.
Most of our foster parents do already have pets of their own. We will help you evaluate your ability to care for foster animals in conjunction with your own pets.
There are pros and cons to this question, so we recommend that you provide an area in your home that can be completely separate, and easily cleaned. Each situation is unique, so we will evaluate this based upon the home structure and the individual foster animals. Ultimately, it comes down to the best interest of all of the animals involved.
Absolutely! Our goal is to compatibly match you with an animal that you feel comfortable with and enjoy. It does not benefit you or the animal if you feel overwhelmed. We will contact you only when that type of animal is available. You can always let the coordinator know if you want to try something different!
This is usually determined by the coordinator, based on the animal’s best interests, your experience and housing structure, and local Animal Control limitation laws.
Life happens to all of us, just let the coordinator know. We often will transfer animals among different homes to help each other, and the animals!
Many of the animals that need fostering can easily be accommodated on a normal schedule. It is a factor we consider when looking at compatibility. Most animals, once adopted, will reside with people that have working schedules, and becoming accustomed to these routines in a foster home can make that animal much more adoptable.
The financial cost to foster an animal through our program is minimal, usually your own transportation costs. We provide all of the supplies through our generous donations, and all medical care is provided through our Vet Clinic.
We currently have three different modes of adoption, and we select the type based upon the animal and the situation. We recognize and appreciate the attachment that foster families form with their foster animals, and encourage the foster families to participate in the adoption process at their discretion. We will also always report back to you when your animal is adopted!
Step 1: Apply Online.
Step 2: Attend a Volunteer Information Session (Approximately 45 minutes followed by an optional tour)
Step 3: Attend a Foster class. They are held on the fourth Saturday of every month.
Step 4: Start your foster parent adventure!
At the foster class, you will have the chance to speak with the Foster Care Manager about your individual home and what animals might be right for you. When animals at the shelter need fostering, requests will generally be made through email. With the high volume of animals that come to Wayside Waifs every year, at any given time we can have 20-150 animals needing foster care. Thank you for considering this amazing volunteer opportunity!