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 & Military Program pets currently in foster care below:
Joana is a member of the US Navy at training from 6/9/2019-8/30/2019. She left her dog, Simone, with a friend who is unfortunately not able to keep her for the duration of her training period this summer. PACT is hoping to find a foster for Simone near her home town...read more
UPDATE: Big thanks to PACT foster Sandy for giving little Achilles a home for the next two weeks! Puppy love, anyone?! Sarai is a member of the US Army who will be going to mandatory training from 6/15/2019-6/30/2019. Sarai is hoping to find a foster for her 2.5 month...read more
Jeffrey is a member of the US Marines preparing for an overseas assignment which will take him away from his Roselle, IL, home from 5/31/2019 - 6/30/2020. PACT is hoping to find a great foster in the Roselle area to give his GSD, Spartan, a great home for the...read more
UPDATE: Thanks to Michael and Joyce for caring for sweet Snickers during Donna's recovery! Donna is a citizen in West Milford, NJ, who is experiencing an extended hospital stay. Her son, Steven, is trying to find temporary care for her cat, Snickers, from 5/27/2019 -...read more
UDATE: Thanks to PACT foster Sandra for giving these cuties a place to stay! Jordan is a member of the US Army preparing for an overseas assignment which will take her away from her Copperas Cove, TX, home from 6/7/2019 - 3/30/2020. Jordan is hoping to find a PACT...read more
Justin is a member of the US Air Force preparing for a year long overseas assignment. Justin is looking for a foster for his two cat pals from 5/30/2019-6/15/2020 near their home near Santa Maria, CA. Noah is a 1 year old neutered male domestic short haired black cat....read more
UPDATE: Thanks to PACT foster Debbie for giving Buster a home during his dad's assignment! Samuel is a member of the US Navy who will be leaving on an overseas assignment from 7/2/2019 - 3/1/2020. Samuel had arranged for a friend to look after his sweet pal, Buster,...read more
Chen is a member of the US National Guard and will be going on an overseas assignment from 6/15/2019 - 5/20/2020. Chen is hoping to find a great foster family near her home in Flushing, NY, to care for her sweet kitten, Tokyo. Tokyo is a 1 year old neutered male...read more
UPDATE: Thanks to PACT foster Krista for giving Obi a temporary home while Erick recovers! Erick is a citizen living in Aurora, CO, who is currently being treated for a medical condition. His mother was caring for his sweet long haired cat, Obi, but sadly she recently...read more
Kenneth and Shannon are citizens in Portland, OR, who are both experiencing extended medical issues and they're in need of a little support for their dog, Colman. Col is a sweet 8 year old pit/lab mix who gets along well with dogs and children, and is looking for a...read more