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:
Rebecca is a US Navy service member. Rebecca and her family will soon be changing stations overseas for the next two years 11/17/2019 - 11/16/2021. The family intends to bring their dog, Spydi, overseas with them after they have acquired family housing at their new...read more
James is a member of the US Army who was recently given an assignment overseas from 10/28/2019 - 1/7/2020. James and his wife Lisa are the lucky owners of sweet Humphrey, a wonderful husky who has helped James recover from injury and trauma sustained in previous...read more
Todd is a US Army Veteran who is currently in the hospital, and will be undergoing treatment from now until 3/3/2020. Todd is very worried about his faithful companion, Chase, who has been with him through thick and thin. Chase is currently in Loma Linda, CA, and...read more
Tyler is a member of the US National Guard currently on assignment overseas. Tyler entrusted his faithful pal Duke to his brother, but unfortunately Duke can no longer stay in the home, at no fault of his own. Duke needs a great foster home starting ASAP through...read more
Joshua is a member of the US Navy currently working in Jacksonville, FL. Joshua and his family are looking for a temporary home for their great dog, Weezy, starting ASAP through 9/30/2021. Weezy is an 8 year old, 100 lbs, neutered male American pit bull. He is...read more
Caitlin is a member of the US Navy and is preparing for a year long assignment from 10/28/2019 - 10/28/2020. She is hoping to find a great PACT foster near Norfolk, VA, to care for her sweet senior dog, Artie. Artie is a 9 year old, 55 lbs, neutered male American...read more
Joseph is a citizen in Point Pleasant, NJ, who is undergoing some medical treatment and is unable to be at home with his best girl, Bianca. Bianca is a great dog with some special needs, and PACT is hoping to find her the perfect foster while Joseph focuses on his...read more
Rowenda is a citizen living in Fort Washington, MD, who will be going into hospital care in Baltimore for cancer treatment. Rowenda is hoping to find a great foster for her beautiful dog, Princess. Princess will need care starting 10/17/2019 through 5/31/2020....read more
Steven is a citizen living in Anaheim, CA, with his faithful dog, Woofy. Steven recently had surgery and is unable to properly care for his buddy while he's recovering. PACT is hoping to find a great foster for Woofy near Anaheim starting ASAP until 12/15/2019....read more
Traci and her husband are members of the US Army and will be overseas for the next year 10/8/2019 - 10/1/2020. The family is hoping to find a foster for their pup Kennedy and kitty Kilo for the year that they will be away from their home in Smyrna, GA. Kennedy and...read more