Our foster families are located throughout Northwest Indiana. Please complete our Foster Application form.
Become a Foster! Foster volunteers are so very important to us. Foster care volunteers provide temporary care in their homes for animals. By offering your time, energy, and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home. Most of the orphaned animals we are able to help through the foster care program would otherwise be euthanized if they could not be placed into temporary foster homes. As a foster volunteer, you literally save the life of an animal that you foster. We can only save as many animals as foster homes we have available.
Here’s How Foster Care Works:
1. Foster homes are contacted. If you are called to foster an animal and cannot do it for any reason, we will find another foster home and call you the next time.
2. The animal goes to the foster home until adoption. You may need to bring the animal to the vet to get checked periodically, to adoption events, or to visit with potential adopters.
3. All prospective adopters go through the adoption process set up by Sunshine PAWS. Fosters may recommend what the best home for their pet may be.
Foster Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How long will I have the animal for?
A: It depends. Some animals spend only a week in foster care. Others are with us for months.
Q: Other than taking care of the animal in my home, what else do I have to do?
A: You may need to bring the animal to the vet to get checked periodically. Also, it is important that the animals are at adoption events so potential adopters can meet them.
Q: What do I need to provide?
A: SunshinePAWS will provide everything you need, including food and veterinary care, but anything that you’d like to provide is greatly appreciated. It helps to have food and water bowls, newspapers, cleaning products, toys, and treats on hand.
Q: What do I do if an animal is sick?
A: If you notice any signs of illness or worsening of symptoms, we ask that you contact us immediately. We have vets that work with us for a discount. With the exception of a dire life or death emergency, no animal should be taken anywhere but our vets. If the animal needs medical attention, we will make an appointment with our veterinarian. We ask that you transport the animal there for care.
Q: Should I keep my own companion animals separate from my foster animals?
A: It is always a health risk to expose your animals to other animals, so to be on the safe side, you should keep them separate for the first few weeks at the least. A separate room or enclosed area with no carpet will work best.
Q: What if I want to adopt one of the animals I foster?
A: This happens sometimes. We call it “failed fostering.” We ask that you fill out an adoption application just like any other applicant.
Q: How can you say goodbye to the animals once they are placed in homes?
A: It’s not easy to say goodbye to an animal to whom you have dedicated so much time and care. But take comfort in knowing that the animal has found a loving, permanent home because of you. Plus, once on animal is placed, you can open up your home to helping another deserving animal. Some of our foster volunteers individually save the lives of dozens of animals each year.