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:
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
Kaitlin is a member of the US Navy preparing for an overseas assignment which will take her away from home from 11/16/2019 - 6/30/2020. Kaitlin is hoping to find a foster near Norfolk, VA, to care for her great dog, Beau. Beau is a 7 year old, 75 lbs, neutered male...read more
Jonathan is a member of the US Department of Defense who will be on assignment overseas for the next two years 10/1/2019 - 10/1/2021. Jonathan and his family feel that their family dog, Leia, is too nervous to fly safely, and they are hoping to find a loving home for...read more
Hung is joining the US Army and preparing to attend Basic Training and AIT Training. He is 10/5/2019 – 02/23/2020 near Houston, TX. PACT is hoping to find a home in Texas, but Hung is willing to drive the pups up to 10 hours in any direction to provide them with a...read more
Jacob is a member of the US Army preparing for an overseas assignment for the next several months. Jacob's family is waiting for approval to travel with him, including the family pup, Sam. Sam's family will be staying temporarily in quarters where pets aren't...read more
Destiny is a member of the US Army who is away at basic training. Destiny left her cat, Robin, with a friend who is unable to continue caring for her. Robin needs a place to stay near El Cajon, CA, until Destiny's mom can pick her up in November. PACT is looking...read more
Melanie is a member of the US Air Force, currently overseas until 12/22/2020. Melanie had fostered her beautiful cat, Leo, with another friend in the service. Unfortunately they will be leaving on assignment and can no longer care for Leo near San Antonio, TX! PACT...read more
Miriam is a member of the US Air Force preparing for an overseas change of station. She unfortunately will not be able to keep her dogs, Kibah and Fifi, with her overseas, so is instead looking for a foster home for them near Hampton, VA. Kibah and Fifi will need...read more
Sarah and her husband are changing stations overseas with the US Air Force with very short notice. They were previously told that all of their pets would be able to join them immediately, but unfortunately they have encountered some travel issues that have delayed...read more
Arthur is a senior citizen in Collegeville, PA, who has been undergoing medical treatment. His dog, Princess, had been staying with a relative who is no longer able to keep her while Arthur recuperates. Arthur and Princess need a little extra help! Can you offer...read more