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21 Timely Resources to Manage Your Foster Program

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Welcome to the first edition of the Shelters United resource round up!

The resource roundup is a curated list to help those in the animal welfare community further their learning and growth. You will find answers to important questions, content we’re drooling over, experts you should know about, must watch videos and more.

Enjoy these resources on managing a foster program.


 

21 Timely Resources to Manage Your Foster Program

Whether your organization is a brick-and-mortar facility, or if you are a rescue with a network of caregivers, you know the power of foster volunteers. And they’ve taken it next level over the last six months, with communities rallying to help, opening up space and resources to save even more lives. We’ve compiled 21 of the best resources out there to manage your foster program, from worksheets for gauging capacity to promo videos ready for you to customize, with a special focus on COVID-related topics.

 

Guides & Manuals to Share with Foster Families

The big kahunas—A-Z guides to share with foster families

1.Best Friends Dog Foster Care Manual
What fosters can expect when they bring home their foster pups, as well as daily care and emergency protocols

2. Feline Foster Care Guide
29 full-color pages excerpted from the ASPCA’s Los Angeles Foster Care Program, including info on cleaning and sanitizing, orphan kitten care and a health monitoring sheet

3. Guidebook for Raising Underage Kittens
A joint project of the Shelter Medicine Programs at the University of Wisconsin and UC Davis, this 6-chapter e-pub covers care of momma cats and how to start a kitten nursery.

4. Customizable Guides for Dog and Cat Foster Care Homes
The robust Dog Guide and Cat Guide are easy-to-customize Word docs.

 

Foster Forms & Worksheets

5. Worksheet for Gauging Foster Care Capacity
Use this checklist to guide foster placement decisions.

6. Sample Foster Care Agreement
From the resource library at Maddie’s Fund, here’s a simple contract for foster volunteers.

7. Emergency Contact Sheet
A customizable Word doc featuring Animal Rescue League of Boston’s one-sheet to ensure fosters whom to contact (and when) in case of emergency.

 


Health & Behavior for Dogs and Cats

8. Behavior Tips for Living with Intact Dogs & Cats
Super helpful in times of crisis, should some communities stop offering elective surgeries

9. Webinar: Preventing the Spread of Disease in Foster Homes
A short, instructional class from Maddie’s Fund covering what foster caretakers should do when their foster pets get sick.

10. URI Protocol for Kitten Foster Programs
Covers the five categories of URI, and recommendations for treatment

11. Diarrhea Protocol for Kitten Foster Programs
Complete with a fecal scoring chart, diagnostics and treatment suggestions

 

Videos to Watch

12. Customizable Fostering Video
Brilliant foster recruitment video from Animal Care Centers of New York City that targets remote home workers. Grab the one on the right—ACC of NY has removed the logo so shelters and rescues can use it in their own promotions.

13. Fostering Is A Job for Everyone
Fun PSA about how the importance of foster—featuring Hamilton the Rescue Pug.

14. Video Tips for Helping Cats Transition Into New Homes
Must-see vid for your fosters

 

COVID-19 Resources

15. Realistic Job Review for Creating and Implementing a Foster Program

For those who never had a foster program until now… From Maddie’s Fund, this one alone is worth the price of admission. Breaks down the steps (and how long they take) for starting a foster program from scratch.

16. FAQ: Foster Care of COVID-19 Exposed Pets

Q&A and Video featuring experts from the Shelter Medicine Program and University of Wisconsin

17. Take Volunteer & Foster Training Online
Read the 3 steps for making it happen in this blog from The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

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18. Webinar: Fostering Greatness
In this Million Cat Challenge presentation, six experts expound on how to use technology to give your foster program a digital makeover.

19. Should Fostering Be the New Normal in Animal Welfare?

In this video interview from The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, Laura Oliver, founder of Lionel’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue, interviews Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Kristen Auerbach about the role fostering played early in the pandemic.

20.Petco Foundation Foster Care Webinar Series
Hours of training for your fosters, including recorded sessions with Jackson Galaxy and Victoria Stilwell

21. How-To: No-Contact Animal Handoffs
Instructions and videos for contactless transfer of dogs, cats, and equines

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