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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I adopt my foster animal?

Yes! If you come to the decision that your foster needs to be a forever member of your family, please contact the Program Coordinator at (678) 965-7197 to let them know as soon as possible.

Will I need to provide food or other supplies while the animal(s) are in my care?

No. All necessary supplies and medical care are provided by Pet Resource Center. Your foster(s) will go home with a supply of food that they are currently eating. Any time you run low, please contact the shelter and we will arrange a pickup of additional food. The Pet Resource Center will provide you with all you need to get started, blankets, bowls, litter boxes, toys, etc. Any medications your foster may need will be provided, as well as any vet care that is needed along the way.

Is there a time commitment?

The length of foster assignments will vary based upon the needs of the animals. You will receive an approximate time commitment before you commit to any animal.

Do I need to keep foster animals separate from my pets?

Yes and no. Foster animals are sometimes required to be kept separate from your personal companion animals. A separate room or enclosed area with no carpet will often work best (like a well-ventilated bathroom or laundry room with heating and air). Other times your foster animal may be allowed to interact with your resident pet after some time. This will be determined with each animal and Pet Resource Center will help you work through this process in a safe manner.

Will the Pet Resource Center treat my owned pet if he is injured or becomes sick because of a foster animal?

No, if your owned animal becomes sick or injured due to interactions with a Pet Resource Center foster animal, you will be responsible for all medical care required for your owned animal.

What happens if I can no longer care for my foster animal?

We understand that sometimes life changes. We will do our best to find another foster home. Please let us know as soon as possible should something come up and you are no longer able to foster. The more notice the shelter has the easier it will be for us to arrange a new foster home.

What if I go on vacation?

Let us know as soon as possible if you have vacation plans. Your foster is able to come to the shelter during your time away and will be happily waiting for you when you return home.

Who pays for my foster's medical care?

The Pet Resource Center will provide all medical care for your foster(s). If you notice a concern with your foster’s health, please reach out to the shelter or the Program Coordinator for guidance.

Can I take my foster to my own vet?

The Pet Resource Center provides all medical care and will not reimburse a foster family for medical care sought without prior approval from the shelter.

Will a foster animal have accidents or cause damage?

It is possible. We do not always know the full history of our animals. Even a house-trained dog or litter box trained cat may need a refresher in housetraining. Foster animals, like any other companion animal in your home, may have accidents or destroy carpeting, drapes, clothing etc. Preparing your home and the area the foster animal(s) will stay in can prevent most accidents, but not all of the time. The Pet Resource Center is not responsible for damage done to your home or property by the foster animals.

Is it difficult to say goodbye to your foster animal?

Foster Volunteers definitely need the ability to say goodbye. It can be difficult to say goodbye but making a life changing difference isn’t always easy. Helping an animal in need is very rewarding and makes the goodbyes a little easier. Foster families provide a temporary home to animals in need and help set them up for success when they go to their adoptive homes. When you say goodbye to your foster you are opening up your home to another animal in need.

What if a friend or family member is interested in adopting my foster?

Fantastic! Thank you for helping find homes for your foster animals. Please refer interested adopters to our Adoption Team by having them call the shelter at 678-965-7185 to start the adoption process. Interested adopters can also email