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:
Jordan is a member of the US Air Force who will be going to training for the next 9 months. Jordan is hoping to find a foster for his dog, Elvis, from now until 4/30/2020. Elvis is an 11 year old intact male mini Australian shepherd. PACT is hoping to find a willing...read more
Nia is a member of the US National Guard and is preparing for an overseas assignment which will take her away from her Smyrna, DE, home from 7/27/2019 - 8/1/2020. Nia is frantically trying to find a great foster home for her energetic pup, Ghost! Ghost is a 1 year old...read more
Amy is a member of the US Navy preparing for a two year assignment overseas from 9/13/2019 - 9/15/2021. Amy was all set to bring her pup, Jackson, along with the family, but according to new flight restrictions, he's too tall to travel by air. Now Amy is scrambling to...read more
Philip is a member of the US Air Force who is going away on mandatory training from 7/15/2019-9/30/2019. Philip had arranged for his brother to watch his dog, Blackberry, during the time he would be away, but now his brother will also be traveling and Philip and...read more
Paolo is a Captain in the US Marines, and is scheduled for mandatory training from 7/15/2019-8/16/2019. Paolo has been unable to find a temporary caretaker for his great pup, Bonnie, near there home in San Diego, so he is hoping that PACT will be able to connect them...read more
Natasha is a member of the US Coast Guard who is currently away at training until 10/20/2019. Natasha had arranged for a friend to care for her dog Dexter near their home in Quincy, MA, but unfortunately their plans changed and now Dexter is in need of a place to...read more
Alaina is a new member of the US Coast Guard preparing for her basic training from 7/18/2019-11/30/2019. Alaina is hoping to find a great PACT foster near New London, CT, to foster her adorable black cat, Vladimir. Vlad is a 2 year old neutered male black short haired...read more
Angela is a member of the US National Guard currently in training. Angela left her dog, Cleo, with another friend in the service who just received orders! Cleo will need another foster starting ASAP and ending 8/30/2020. Cleo is currently in California, and we would...read more
Will is a member of the US Army currently overseas on his first assignment. Will's dog, Jackson, had been staying with his stepfather when an unexpected medical issue came up - and now Jackson needs another place to stay, ASAP! Jackson is looking for a great foster...read more
Devin and her husband are members of the US Army who are going overseas on assignment. The couple had made arrangements for their cat, Kitty, to fly with them, but due to weather restrictions, Kitty won't be able to fly until 12/20/2019. The couple are looking for a...read more