If you are interested in becoming a medical foster, we at The Arrow Fund thank you! We understand that the term medical fostering can sound a little scary. Fostering in general is a big responsibility, and is not to be taken lightly, but medical fostering? We want to assure you that medical fostering is not so scary and is, in fact, a great opportunity to save a life and fall in love with our Arrow Fund pets!
We have outlined some answers to the most common questions we’ve been asked about fostering. If you’re question isn’t listed here, please feel free to contact us at Foster@TheArrowFund.org and we will be happy to answer any questions you have!
The only requirements are that you are local to Louisville, KY. This is to ensure that you have quick and easy access to the medical care facilities that are approved for Arrow Fund use.
We require a safe and secure fence for all dogs.
The main difference between “medical fostering” and “fostering” is that the animal in your care has been through medical trauma of some sort. We keep the pet at an emergency medical care facility until they are cleared by their veterinarian(s) to be cared for in a home environment. So, by the time they join you for fostering, they have overcome the most critical phase of their healing.
The responsibilities of a medical foster parent will vary on a case by case basis. Each of our cases are entirely unique and will have their own set of needs as they heal. Typically, a medical foster parent will need to monitor the pet for any signs of discomfort or infection. Often, the main need of the foster pet is to remain on low activity until their bodies are ready to be active again. In some cases, the foster parent will need to clean the injury a pet has sustained. In these instances, the veterinarians and technicians caring for the pet will train the foster parent on what is needed for at-home care before discharging the pet.
Of course! We will never give you a case that you are uncomfortable with and we will be sure to offer any training you need before taking a pet home to be sure you understand the needs of their at-home care.
Not a problem – The Arrow Fund will cover all medical expenses while the pet is under our care. We also provide any food, toys, supplies, etc. for the pet as donations allow. We pride ourselves on being a tight knit group and will be sure that you have whatever you need to care for your foster pet! Should you decide to purchase something for your foster pet, keep your receipts – we will either be able to reimburse you for the expense, or you can keep it on hand for tax time because it can be submitted as a tax-deductible donation!
Oh so many things! Medical fostering is very rewarding – you care for an innocent, injured animal who has been a victim of severe torture, abuse, and neglect. Through your care, the pet will begin to feel better both physically and mentally. They will begin to learn that they can trust you, and humans in general, and that there truly is love and good people in the world!
If you are interested in pursuing a career in any field involving animals, medical fostering will give you excellent care experience to take to your work place. In addition, it will help you to learn at-home care for your own pets!
The best reason of all – you will save a life. There is no other way around this. Without medical fosters, The Arrow Fund would not be able to continue to save these “forgotten angels” of severe torture, abuse, or neglect. Through your care as a medical foster, you will save the life of your foster and open your home to the next pet who needs you.