PROGRAMS

If you need a foster, you MUST fill out an application.

 

MILITARY AND MEDICAL FOSTERING PROGRAMS 

PACT for Animals has two foster programs to assist pet owners who temporarily cannot care for their pets, so they can be reunited once they are able.  

The Military program provides foster care for the pets of our military members when they are on deployment, training, relocation, or change of station. The Military program also covers military support personnel.  PACT’s Medical program provides foster care for the pets of hospital patients requiring extended stay or recovery. This includes mental illness or drug/alcohol treatment.

How these programs work:  

PACT for Animals will follow you through the process to help ensure your pet can find a safe and secure foster home while you are unable to care for your pet. PACT screens the fosters and tries to match up your pet or pets with a foster home that meets their needs.  

The owner is responsible for all food, treats, and supplies that were agreed upon in the contract. PACT recommends automatic shipments of our regular food, treats, heartworm, and flea and tick treatment. This can be arranged through chewy.com or other online pet food delivery services. If the foster pays out of pocket, the owner is responsible to reimburse the foster within 30 days of notice of expense. The owner is also responsible for any vet care. This should be discussed ahead of time for routine or non-emergency care.  Emergency care costs and directives will be addressed in the foster agreement.  The owner is also responsible for grooming costs and boarding or a pet sitter if the foster is away.  *(Military Applicants please see notes below) .

The first step in the process for either program is to visit our website and fill out an application.  Our staff will then review the completed form, and we will be in touch. 

Application Process:  

Please make sure your contact information is correct. You will be receiving correspondence from us by both email and phone. Your primary email is the address we will use, so if you have multiple emails, please list them. This is especially important if your email is different when you are deployed.  While the contract is lengthy, please try to be detailed and accurate about your pet’s personality and traits, such as a “dominant dog”, “doesn’t like cats or toddlers, but ok with older children”, etc. These details will help us place your pet in a proper foster home.   

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email within 24-48 hours. Please check your email for our correspondence.  If you do not hear from us, please reach out to us at sue@pactforanimals.org.  Please put your pet’s name in the subject line.

When we contact you, we will be asking for the information below. Having that information readily available to send to us will help expedite your application process.  

1. A copy of your orders stating the length of your military activity as it corresponds to this term or a copy of a doctor’s note stating you/family member are a current patient and giving an estimated length of treatment and recovery.  This information will be used to determine the foster contract.  We will also use this as our guideline for when you will be able to reclaim your pet.   

2. A copy of your pet’s medical records, showing he/she is current on vaccines, spayed/neutered, and listing any other information we may need to know about their medical status.     

3. Please be sure you have reached out to your POC (Point of Contact) and told them their responsibilities in this role. We will contact them (so please remember to include their email address!) and will send a POC agreement to sign, which indicates that they are responsible for your pet. This includes the cases where you are unable to pick your pet up by your contracted date, or if we are unable to keep your pet in a foster home for any reason.   

4. Please provide PACT with pictures of your pet.  It can be pictures of them alone, with family members, with kids, with other animals, in costumes, or any cute poses you have. We want our foster network to have that “AWWWWWW” moment when they see these pictures. They also help us showcase your pet.     

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****Please be advised that it takes the staff members at PACT several days and sometimes weeks to identify, screen, and coordinate the appropriate foster family for each pet in need of care. While PACT offers this support for free, this work is very time consuming. We want to honor our full commitment to you to locate a foster in a specific area of the country for you.   

For these reasons, PLEASE:   

1.  Make sure you have exhausted all other options for potential foster care for your pet before reaching out to PACT. We have an extensive waiting list, but if your application is approved, we will go to work for you right away.   

  1. Let us know immediately if your plans change and you no longer need our services so we can use our resources to help another pet.   
  1. Strongly consider offering us a $25 donation to help us offset the cost of our services, especially the paid targeted searches on social media.  

Thank you again for contacting us. We look forward to receiving your request and working with you!  

PACT for Animals is a champion of the Human-Animal Bond. PACT gives peace of mind to hospital patients and military personnel by placing their pets in temporary foster homes until their owners can be reunited with the companion animals they love.  Every year, thousands of companion animals are surrendered into animal shelters due to temporary crises. By providing access to safe foster homes for animals until their human companions can take them back, PACT reduces the number of animals in animal shelters and gives the owners peace of mind that their best friends will not be lost, abused, or euthanized.  The more fosters we have, the more families and animals we can help.  

* Military members please be advised that the military takes pet ownership and responsibilities very seriously.