What is foster care?
Foster care is accepting the pet into your family and providing a loving caring home for a minimum of one week and is an alternative for those who cannot make a long-term commitment to a pet, but would still like to help homeless pets in need. It is truly a rewarding experience. Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue provides all medical care, and when necessary the basic needs for your foster care pet including food, bowls, crate, and litter when available.
The ABC's of fostering and why the foster care program is so important
Proverbs 12:10 regularly rescues animals from shelters who would be euthanized due to overcrowding, takes in unwanted litters of puppies and kittens with or without momma (although we do assist in spaying for momma regardless of whether she is released to us or not), accepts surrenders from owners who can no longer provide a loving home for the pet, as well as those found along side the road or left out in the woods.
As we do not have a shelter, we rely on fosters to provide supportive homes for our rescued animals until we can find a permanent home for the pet. Unfortunately, due to the lack of fosters, we have had to resort to boarding some of our dogs. The cost of boarding is prohibitive and that money is desperately needed to cover medical expenses as we are one of the few rescues that will accept those pets requiring extensive medical treatments such as amputations, heartworm treatments, dental and eye surgeries, tumor treatments, etc.
If you can foster for even just one week, it is a tremendous help and allows us to rescue more animals. However, whenever possible we like our pets to remain with their foster until adopted so they can experience the stability of family life which will help them adjust into their adoptive families more easily.
Should you feel hesitant to foster, whether the reason is not understanding the needs of the pet or the possibility of becoming too attached, we are available to provide whatever support we can to assist you in this process. We understand how quickly they capture your heart but knowing you are saving the life of this one animal is truly a rewarding experience. Please don’t pass up the opportunity. There are hundreds of pets being euthanized daily in Middle Tennessee alone due to overpopulation. Of course, should you do decide to adopt, you have already been through our adoption screening and been approved to foster or adopt.
We hold ADOPTION DAY at the Bellevue Petco (7657 Hwy 70 South) every Saturday and ask that you bring the pet by 10:45 AM. It is not required that the pet be at adoption day EVERY Sat, but the exposure does help them in finding a home. If it is not adopted (providing you can continue to foster), please pick it up by 3:00 PM.
Proverbs 12:10 is a 501(c) non-profit; therefore your mileage and other expenses directly related to fostering are tax deductible.