HOSPITAL FOSTER PROGRAM
Supporting Our Hospital Patients and Their Beloved Pets
What will your pet do if you are unexpectedly hospitalized for a month or more? What if your family moves to be closer to the hospital – and you – but the emergency housing is not pet-friendly? Across the country, every day, pet-lovers and animal caregivers are hospitalized, but their animals still need daily food, water, and love. Without a close family member or trusted friend who can care for their pet until the owner recovers, hospitalized pet owners are forced to surrender their beloved companion animal to a shelter and never see them again. The probability of being reunited again is extremely low, as pets are either re-homed or euthanized due to overcrowding in animal shelters. Even today, over one third of animals who enter a shelter are euthanized – and the total loss of a beloved pet because of a temporary illness can be devastating.
Most pet owners consider their pet a member of the family, and knowing that they will see their animal again can give a hospital patient the hope they need to keep fighting for recovery. PACT’s Hospital Foster Program provides the support that is crucial to both the animal’s well-being and the owner’s peace of mind.
How It Works – Fostering a Hospital Animal
PACT works directly with hospital patients, their families, and social workers, to match the companion animal with an appropriate foster home that will give them the care and love they need while their hospitalized owner recovers. We facilitate the foster home placement via our Foster Agreement – a written agreement that outlines the terms of the relationship and protects the interests of all parties involved.
During the foster term, PACT remains in close contact with the foster home to ensure the pet is settling in to a loving and safe environment, and PACT continues to work with the foster home caregivers regarding any issues or concerns that may arise. PACT has a network of animal volunteers to help should an emergency arise at the foster home, and provides the fosters with assistance when necessary by coordinating transport, professional trainers, groomers, kennels, food and supply support, and veterinary discounts for foster animals. Our foster programs are free, however we ask that pet owners cover their beloved animals necessary expenses while in the foster home (food, grooming, veterinarian costs, etc).
While the owner is hospitalized, the foster family provides owners with regular updates on their pet’s well-being, recent activities, and care in the fosters home via emails, texts, photographs and/or video.
Please contact email@example.com with any questions you may have. We are happy to hear from you.
If you are interested in fostering one of these great animals, then click here to fill out the online application, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org about the pet you want to foster. Hospital patients, click here to submit a companion animal in need of fostering.
We need your support!
Help us make a difference by becoming a foster parent to a companion animal of those in need or by financially supporting our foster programs. Please click here to donate whatever you can to continue to keep these emergency services free to all military personnel and hospital patients in need.
Take a look at our Hospital Program pets currently in foster care below:
Thank you to PACT foster Candice for taking our favorite duo, double trouble, Dexter and Lily! These two have been living it up with Candice's family for the past year, and are eagerly awaiting their reunion with mom and...read more
Major thanks to PACT foster Kate and her family for giving Trigger the calm, loving environment he needs while his dad is away on deployment!read more
In this case, cats can fly! At least that's what happened when Emma, Tummy, and Monk traveled from Washington state all the way to Michigan to spend two years with PACT foster Shelly while their mom is deployed. Thank you,...read more
Thank you, Crystal, for taking care of these kitty brothers for the past year so that they could be reunited with their military dad!read more
Huge thanks to PACT foster Nicole for giving these two giant furbabies a place to stay while their dad is deployed!read more
Thank you to PACT foster Sharon for giving Maybell a second chance to be with her dad again!read more
Lola is one lucky girl! Thanks to PACT foster Catherine and her family for caring for Lola while Andrew is serving overseas.read more
Major thanks to PACT foster Stacey for offering Meaty a place to stay and friends to play with while Julia is serving overseas!read more
Many thanks to PACT foster Teina for giving Lucy and Hoochie a safe, loving home to spend a few months in this year while mom Shelby was serving overseas.read more
Thank you to PACT foster Tanya for giving Raven a loving home to stay in while Brittany serves with the US National Guard!read more