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:
Rashaad is a young member of the US Navy who will be going to training from 4/20/2019 - 1/22/2020. Rashaad has reached out to PACT to help him find a temporary safe haven for his best buddy, Sky. Sky is an adorable young American Staffordshire mix who is friendly and...read more
Patrick is a member of the US Navy preparing for boot camp, which will take him away from his Galveston, TX, home from 4/17/2019-7/1/2019, and then the pair will be heading to tech school in FL from 7/10/2019-12/1/2019. Patrick is hoping to find a foster in TX to keep...read more
Emily is a young member of the US Air Force who has recently changed stations to Salt Lake City, UT. Emily had set up a foster family for her best buddy, Zeus, but they unfortunately changed their minds at the last minute. Emily is desperately trying to find a place...read more
Kristina is a member of the US Army who will be attending a mandatory training from 4/6/2019 - 4/27/2019. Kristina is hoping to find a PACT foster who can look after her dogs, Bailey and Duke, for the three weeks she'll be away. Kristina and the pups are currently in...read more
Sarah is a member of the military preparing for deployment overseas from 4/21/2019 - 4/21/2020. She is looking for a foster family to take in her beloved St Bernard, Bear, near Trenton, Illinois. Bear and Sarah have been companions for the last 3 years, and Sarah...read more
Please consider helping Iga through her mandatory waiting period before her big trip overseas!! Iga's family lives in Bradley, IL, and are serving with the US Navy. Iga's mom and dad recently received notice that they would be traveling overseas for an extended...read more
Jenee is a New Jersey resident who is facing an upcoming surgery TOMORROW with an extensive recovery and rehabilitation on both of her arms/hands. During her recovery she will need someone to care for her sweet pup, Prince. Prince is currently in Hasbrouck Heights,...read more
UPDATE: Thanks to PACT foster Emily for giving Max a great place to stay while his mom is away!! Heather serves in the Reserves and will be leaving for basic training on March 18th and will not be back home in Lynchburg, VA until August 28th, 2019. Her furry friend,...read more
Jilmar is a new member of the US Navy who will be going to basic training and tech school over the next several months, from 4/1/2019 - 9/30/2019. Jilmar is hoping to find someone to watch his adorable senior dog, Hype, near their hometown of Houston, TX. Hype is a 10...read more
Charles is an NYC native who is facing a medical crisis, which is preventing him from caring for Tigger, his faithful pup. Although loving Tigger is one of his top priorities in life, Charles must make changes to their routines to ensure his health is in the best...read more