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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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:
Roscoe is a senior citizen in Austin, TX, who's in the hospital fighting pneumonia. PACT is trying desperately to find a temporary home for his constant companion, Daisy. Daisy will need care in the Austin area beginning immediately and ending 4/30/2019. Daisy is a...read more
Hannah will be undergoing surgery at the beginning of February, and she and her family are desperate to find someone to care for their sweet 5 month old puppy, Willow. Willow is currently with her family in Arvada, CO, and will need care from approximately...read more
Dakota is a member of the US Army preparing for a deployment which will take her away from her Manhattan, KS, home from 2/8/2019 - 08/15/2019. Dakota is hoping that PACT can connect her with a great foster for her two sweet kitties. Fat Kitty is a 9 year old 14lbs...read more
**UPDATE: Thank you to all who reached out about fostering this sweet guy! We currently have a few great foster opportunities for Toby while his Dad is away, and are looking forward to him meeting his new foster family soon! Trevor is a member of the US Army preparing...read more
When Rick was suddenly deployed with the US Air Force and had no where for his labradoodle, Sadie, to stay while he was gone, PACT stepped up to the plate to make sure this brave soldier would see his dog again. PACT was able to connect Rick with foster Valerie, who...read more
PACT would like to give a big shout out to Foster Eileen for committing to the task of being a last resort for Chloe to have a loving, stable home environment while her family is temporarily living in Germany! Thank you for understanding the circumstances of Chloe and...read more
PACT would like to send a special shout out to Foster Karen for owning up to the responsibility of caring for Hickory while his original owners are in basic training and working at a hospital! Thank you for understanding their circumstances.read more
PACT would like to give a big shout out to Foster Wendy for opening up her Philadelphia home to Bincho while her owner goes off on deployment in Korea!read more
PACT would like to say thank you to Foster Nicole, who is helping Angela take care of Titan while she is on deployment serving in the Air Force!read more
Special thank you to PACT foster David for looking out for these cute siblings while Herman is out on deployment in Iraq. His commitment to ensuring their safety is highly appreciated!read more