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Foster Family FAQ

What are the requirements to be a Foster Family with PACT?
How do I prepare my home to be an Animal Foster Home?
Can I foster more than one animal at a time for PACT?
Can I choose the type of animal and breed I would like to foster?
Who pays for the food and medical care of the Foster Animal?
Can I get paid for fostering a pet?
What happens if we cannot fulfill the contract of care?
What if the foster pet causes damage to myself or others while in my care?
What if there is an injury or accident involving the pet while in my care?
What if the Owner does not return from their deployment or hospitalization?
Does PACT offer support with animal training, veterinary care, or kenneling of the foster pet?

 

 

Pet Owner FAQ

What are the requirements to have an animal placed in your program?
Do you take pets of military personnel that are not deploying?
What if I need temporary care for my pet because I need to move out of my apartment or need a job before I can care for my animal?
Will you adopt my pet to someone who will care for it if I cannot?
How long does boarding usually last?
What if a pet is not spay/neutered, or current on shots?
How soon can my pet be placed in a temporary foster home?
My pet has special needs (takes medication, separation anxiety, etc.) does PACT accommodate special needs animals?
Is there a fee for PACT services and emergency animal foster care assistance?
Does PACT accept animals nationwide?
How often are you in touch with the foster family?
How do the owner and foster family keep in touch?
What if my family or friends want to check on the health of my pet while I’m away?
Who pays for the food and medical care of the Foster Animal?
Does a foster family get paid for fostering a pet?
What happens if the foster family cannot fulfill the contract of care?
What if there is damage to Foster’s property, pets, or other humans while in Foster’s care?
What if there is an injury or accident involving the pet while in foster care?
What happens if the Owner does not return from their deployment or hospitalization (missing, deceased, or unable to resume care due to physical or mental injury)?

What does PACT do?

PACT places the beloved pets of hospital patients and military families in need with loving and safe foster homes who offer temporary, free boarding until the owner can be reunited with their companion animals. Our work gives peace of mind to military families, hospital patients and their families, and saves beloved companion animals from being lost, abused, or euthanized.

How does PACT work?

PACT requires a detailed application to be filled out by all Foster Families and Pet Owners. After a Foster Family has applied to be a foster, an in-person home check is completed, where a PACT Home Visit Volunteer checks the home for animal appropriateness, safety, and discusses the Foster Family’s experience and expectations. Remote home checks require a PACT Representative to speak with two animal-welfare references of the Foster, who the Foster has known at least one year, and are carried out when the Foster lives over 90 minutes from a Home Visit Volunteer.

When a Foster Pet is submitted that fits the requirements for a certain Foster Family, PACT contacts the home, and if the Foster Family is able and willing to take the Pet for the entire term, PACT facilitates the initial meeting, foster, and reunion. PACT is always in contact with the Foster Families and supports them where necessary with animal transport, training, pet supplies, or veterinary help, so that the Pet Owner knows they will return to find their pet has been cared for as they would have themselves. PACT relies on volunteers and donations to fulfill its mission of caring for the beloved pets of our military families and hospital patients.

What are the requirements to be a Foster Family with PACT?

All Foster Families must submit a Foster Application from our website, available HERE. Foster Families need to have some previous experience with the animals they are applying to foster, and all people in the household must want to foster an animal. Homes need to be safe and appropriate for the type of animal to be fostered, and pets should be kept inside most of the time. All Foster Homes must complete the 3-step Foster Home Approval Process which includes the Application, Veterinarian Check, and the Home Check and/or Photo+Reference Check.

How do I prepare my home to be an Animal Foster Home?

Pet-proofing a home is important for new Foster Families. Check that your house plants are not poisonous to animals, or move them out of reach. Keep medications and chemicals on high shelves or in latched cabinets. Cover trash cans. Block any small spaces, nooks, or holes in walls, cabinets, or behind your washer/dryer. Put shoes, laundry, string/craft items, and children’s toys behind cabinet doors. Make sure all cords are out of the pet’s reach, or have a cord cover. If you have stairs, consider a pet gate to prevent falls or unwanted excursions. Finally, if you are fostering a dog with a large tail or a cat, consider putting fragile knick-knacks away so they are not knocked over.

Can I foster more than one animal at a time for PACT?

YES. At PACT’s discretion Foster Families can foster more than one animal at a time, if space in your home allows for another animal.

Can I choose the type of animal and breed I would like to foster?

YES. We work with all Foster Family’s preferences of animals, breeds, sizes, temperaments, activity level, even colors!

What are the requirements to have an animal placed in your program?

1- Reason: PACT only offers foster care to pets of people who love their pets but are unable to care for them due to a temporary military or medical reason. Owners must check with all friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors first, and use PACT only as the last resort before surrendering their pets to a shelter.

2- Dates: Owners must provide a solid date they agree to retrieve their pets by, and proof that they can provide care (housing and food) when they return. The pet must be transported to and from the foster home by the owner or someone who knows the pet well.

3- Pet Health: The Foster Pet must up-to-date on all required shots. Dogs and cats must be spay/neutered and current on flea-tick preventative before entering the Foster Home.

4- Care: Owners agree to cover all costs for their pets’ food, medical care, and damages to Foster’s property, as set forth in the Foster Agreement. Owners have the ability to cap unexpected medical costs at a predetermined amount. A state-side Point of Contact must be provided who can make emergency decisions regarding the pet if the owner is unavailable.

5- Behavior: PACT does not allow aggressive or destructive animals into it’s program, and should a pet bite, scratch, snap at, be destructive or excessively disruptive while in the foster program for any reason, they must be immediately removed.

6- Transport: Owner is responsible for Pet’s transport to and from the Foster Home. If the pet is a dog going into a foster home with other dogs, or if PACT has any concerns about the pets behavior in a new home, the Owner or someone who knows the animal personally must travel with the pet to the foster home for the pet’s drop-off.

If you need a temporary foster for your pet, please fill out the application HERE.

Does PACT offer foster care for pets of military personnel who are not deploying?

YES, as long as the owner’s need for temporary foster care is still military-related (training, PCS, re-assignment) and fulfills all other requirements listed above.

What if I need temporary care for my pet because I need to move out of my apartment or need a job before I can care for my animal?

PACT does not offer foster care for these emergencies due to the unreliable foster completion dates. In unusual circumstances, especially regarding returning deployees, PACT may be able to offer foster care.

Will you adopt my pet to someone who will care for it if I cannot?

No. PACT connects military members and hospital patients with temporary pet homes. We promote life-time, responsible pet ownership and thus, we do not permanently rehome any foster pets. If you are interested in surrendering your pet, please contact your local rescue group or shelter.

How long does boarding usually last?

Boarding lasts between 1 month – 2 years. Pet Owners give a estimated date of foster completion, which sometimes varies by a few weeks. Foster Families can specify a maximum and minimum foster length they are comfortable with, which PACT will accommodate.

What if a pet is not spay/neutered, or current on shots?

Pets must be altered (spayed/neutered) and current on all required shots before they are fostered in PACTs Foster Program. PACT works with the Spayed Club in Sharon Hill, PA to provide spaying/neutering at a maximum cost of $25 per dog or cat.

How soon can my pet be placed in a temporary foster home?

Every case is different and equally important to us. We work diligently with our foster homes and PACT’s goal is to place an animal in the best foster home as quickly as possible in all our cases. We do appreciate having an advance date of departure for animal fosters.

My pet has special needs (takes medication, separation anxiety, etc.) does PACT accommodate special needs animals?

Yes! We are happy to work with you and your animal to find the best foster home that can accommodate your pets needs.

Is there a fee for PACT services and emergency animal foster care assistance?

No! We take pride in offering no-cost services to people in need of emergency assistance. We do require the owner to reimburse the foster for their pet’s food, grooming, and medical expenses, to prevent undue pressure on the foster family. We also encourage, but do not require, a donation to PACT to help offset the cost of finding, arranging, and supporting the Foster Home while the owner is away. Your generous donation to PACT for Animals is essential to keeping these emergency services available to the public at no cost.

Does PACT accept animals nationwide?

Yes. However, your pet must be transported to the Foster Home, most of which are in the Philadelphia, PA area. If your dog is being placed into a home with another dog, or we have concerns about their behavior in a new home, the owner or someone who personally knows the pet must travel with them to the foster home.

How often are you in touch with the foster family?

PACT is available to all foster families 24/7, should an emergency or issue arise. After the initial foster meeting, PACT is in regular contact with the Foster Family to ensure the foster pet is acclimatizing and everything is running smoothly. Unless there is reason to touch base more often, PACT will contact the Foster Families on a monthly basis, checking that the Foster Pet Owner and Foster Family are doing well and staying in regular communication.

How do the owner and foster family keep in touch?

Pet Owner and Foster Family contact each other regularly, as listed on their Foster Agreement, through email, phone, Skype, postal mail, and occasional visits if Pet Owner is available. While the minimum amount of contact is monthly, many Fosters send weekly or even semiweekly updates on the foster pets activities. Our Pet Owners have reported that these stories and pictures become a high point of their time away, that they looked forward to and could rely on to bring good news and a smile to their faces. After completion of the foster period, Foster Families often visit the Foster Pets and Pet Owners in their home, forming a bond that will last a lifetime.

What if my family or friends want to check on the health of my pet while I’m away?

PACT cannot release non-public information about the foster animal to anyone who is not included in the Foster Agreement. This would be the Owner, the Foster, and the Owner’s Point-of-Contact. Similarly, PACT does not release non-public information about the Foster Family. Of course, you are free to share information about your pet with whomever you’d like! Family and friends can also check PACT’s website for photos and descriptions of the drop-off and reunion.

Who pays for the food and medical care of the Foster Animal?

The Pet Owner is held responsible for all food and medical care of the Foster Pet. This is arranged in the Foster Agreement, and is usually paid via Paypal, check, cash, or a debit/gift card.

Does a foster family get paid for fostering a pet?

NO. PACT is a primarily volunteer-run organization and Foster Families are not paid for boarding a pet. The only monetary exchange between Pet Owner and the Foster Family should be funds provided by Pet Owner to cover expenses directly relating to the pet’s care.

What happens if the foster family cannot fulfill the contract of care?

If the Foster Family cannot fulfill their Foster Agreement for any reason, PACT will seek out a replacement Foster Family and do it’s best to assist with training or food/veterinary support. Should PACT be unable to contact either Pet Owner or their Point Of Contact for greater than two weeks, ownership of the Foster Pet will change to PACT, who will try to adopt out the animal, but cannot guarantee placement within PACT’s network. If an Owner has not put in place a plan for their pet in case of Foster failure, pets may needlessly end up in shelters.

What if there is damage to the fosters’ property, pets, or humans while in foster care?

The Owner is required to notify PACT and the Foster Family of any behaviors that might endanger the Foster’s property, other animals, or humans such as: aggression, jumping, digging, chasing, chewing, marking, etc. Owners will remain financially responsible in case of such incidents, assuming the Foster acted reasonably to prevent such an accident and was providing reasonable, proper care to the pet.

What if there is an injury or accident involving the pet while in foster care?

If a pet is injured or involved in an accident during the owner’s deployment or hospitalization and while in a PACT Foster’s care, it is the Foster’s responsibility to immediately take the Pet to a veterinarian for evaluation. Owners will remain financially responsible in case of such incident, assuming the Foster took reasonable measures to prevent such an accident and was providing reasonable, proper care to the pet. A veterinary release form is included in our Foster Agreement, which allows the Owner to specify a veterinarian they prefer and maximum dollar amount they will pay, and protects the Foster Family. PACT recommends that all pets be microchipped with updated contact information, always wearing a collar with updated contact information, and insured against injury or illness to give Owners peace of mind in the event of an accident.

What happens if the Owner does not return from their deployment or hospitalization (missing, deceased, or unable to resume care due to physical or mental injury)?

If the Owner does not return from their deployment or hospitalization due to unfortunate circumstances, the Foster will contact Owner’s Point Of Contact to determine who will assume care of the Foster Pet. Ensure your pets’ care is covered in your will, and that you leave your Foster a Point Of Contact who will be able to provide guidance in accordance to your will, with what to do with the pet and who will assume care of the pet. Remember, if something happens to you, your Foster will not know unless you list them as a person to be contacted in case of your death, injury, or missing status. Ensure the personal information on file with your command, hospital, or close family includes your pet’s Foster Family. If owner is not able to resume care and has no one listed who can resume care, ownership of animal passes to PACT, which cannot guarantee adoptions within PACT’s network. If an Owner has not put in place a plan for their pet in case of a tragedy, pets may needlessly end up in shelters.

Does PACT offer support with animal training, veterinary care, or kenneling of the foster pet?

PACT has a network of trainers, veterinarians, and kennels that offer partial or complete discounts to PACT Foster Pets. You can see our veterinary sponsor page HERE. Please contact us for a reference to a kennel or trainer in your area. We also offer a series of dog-training videos courtesy of our partner Larry Fine, owner of Doggyality, that are available free of charge to all PACT Checked Foster Homes!

How can I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, THANK YOU! It is only due to the support of people like you that PACT is able to give peace of mind and hope to our military service members and critically ill by giving loving, in-home foster care to their pets until the owners can return. We always need more Foster Families, as well as people who can spread the word by flyering/outreach, pet care providers that can donate their time, and more! You can find out more about volunteering HERE.

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