Q: Why do you need foster homes?
A: Fosters are the most important part of our rescue group. Without our foster homes, we would be able to save only a fraction of the animals that we do. Foster homes provide potential adopters with answers to questions such as is an animal housetrained, good with other pets, etc. They also allow a traumatized animal the time necessary to recuperate and show their true, beautiful colors.
Q: How long does a pet usually stay in foster?
A: The average time that an animal stays in a foster home varies, but one to two months is a reasonable estimate. Some may stay only a few days; some may stay many months. In any case, if a foster family finds themselves unable or unwilling to keep the pet we will always be willing to make other arrangements.
Q: What does WARF provide to foster families? Will this cost us money?
A: WARF will provide everything required for the care and wellbeing of your foster pet for the duration of his or her stay with you. This includes food, bedding, a crate/kennel, litter boxes, medical treatment, and whatever else is needed. In addition, all animals in our foster program are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and current on vaccines.
Q: What if I want to keep my foster pet?
A: While we hate to lose a good foster home, we also love to see an animal in a loving, permanent home. (Many of our own pets are "fosters gone wrong"!) It is ultimately the decision of the foster family where the animal goes, or if it goes at all.
Q: What if I don't live in the Lake Tahoe/Northern Nevada area? How can I get involved?
A: If you are not a registered rescue group, there are still many ways you can help. WARF actually got its start when two members went to a local shelter to adopt a dog with the intent of fostering, and ended up taking all four of the dogs that were due to be euthanized that evening. Out of the chaos that ensued over the next few days trying to locate homes or fosters for those dogs, a rescue group was born. If you have a place in your home, rescue and foster an animal from a shelter that would otherwise be destroyed. Spay or neuter your rescued pet, then run an ad, screen potential adopters carefully, and always keep a record. Be sure to make follow-up calls and/or visits to ensure the animal and adopter are both happy.
If you're interested in fostering, please fill out our Foster Application.