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Foster Process

What is the process for becoming a foster?
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    Complete a foster application.

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    Once your application has been reviewed, we will contact you to schedule a home visit by one of our Foster team members. The purpose of the home visit is to get to know you and your home better so we can make the best possible decision about who to place with you. It’s important for the animal to feel safe and secure, and it’s important that you are comfortable having a new animal in your home.

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    After you have been approved, and signed our Foster Agreement, we will contact you when there is a fostering need. The choice to accept an animal is always yours and you always have the option to decline.

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    Fostering is one of most important life-saving things anyone can do to help with animal rescue. ANY assistance with fostering GREATLY helps CAAR meet its mission of rescuing animals. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at

Foster FAQ

  • What is expected from me as a foster?

    Of course, the primary expectation is that you will provide proper care for the animal in a safe and loving environment. But you also play a critical role in learning as much as possible about an animal. Is the animal afraid of storms? Does he prefer being outside more than inside? Does she play well with other animals and children? Is he fearful or calm? Is he fearful of men? This is all helpful information and things that will help potential adopters or other rescue groups.

    You are also expected to participate in our adoption efforts. This includes allowing potential adopters to meet your foster. This may be at your home or at our shelter. You will also be expected to bring your foster to our adoption events which are held at various locations including PetSmart, Asheville BMW, and local breweries.

  • Can I choose which animal I want to foster?

    Our primary foster need is for dogs but there is also a need for kitten foster homes. Rescue animals come in all shapes, sizes, and ages and we want to work with you to make sure your foster is a good match for you. Once you have become an approved foster, we will help you to determine which animal would be the best fit for your home and your lifestyle. There is also a need for fosters who specialize in puppies or dogs with special needs which can be medical or emotional. If you have an interest in becoming a more specialized foster, please let us know.

  • How long will the foster animal be with me?

    It’s difficult to predict how long an animal will stay with you. Sometimes it may be just an overnight visit, but it can also mean a commitment of several weeks or months until a local adoption or an out-of-state rescue arrangement can be made. CAAR has many short-term fostering opportunities and if you are worried about getting too attached and failing as a foster, you can request a transport animal. These are animals who are already committed to a partner rescue in the northeast, so keeping them is not an option.

  • Am I responsible for any costs?

    The most important thing we need from you is a safe, loving place where the animal can stay until transport to rescue or local adoption is secured. We pay all vet costs associated with animals in foster care, including immunizations, medications, and any needed vet visits. We can also help you with food for your foster if needed.

  • Can I use my own vet?

    We appreciate that you may have a vet who has cared for your personal pets, however, we have agreements with numerous veterinary hospitals who care for CAAR rescues at greatly reduced costs, so all fosters must be seen at one of our veterinary partners for any medical treatments or spay/neuter procedures. Remember, you are not responsible for any veterinary costs for your foster animal.

  • How is my foster transported to appointments?

    If you are willing and able to take your animal to its vet appointments, that’s great. Appointments can be arranged to meet your schedule, and you’ll be able to interact directly with the veterinarian and receive any instructions first hand. It is our policy that animals must be transported in a carrier. If you don’t have a carrier, we are happy to loan you one while you are fostering.

    If your work or family schedules do not make it convenient for you to transport your foster animal yourself, we will make every attempt to find a volunteer who can help.

  • What if I fall in love and want to adopt my foster?

    It happens. Sometimes, a foster animal is such a perfect match that they become permanent members of the family. If that should happen and you decide you want to adopt your foster, and if the animal is available for adoption, you would pay the standard adoption fee. 

The exception to this would be if you have a short term foster who has been designated for transport. These are animals who have been promised to one of our rescue partners in another state and are not available for a local adoption. If you have any questions about whether your foster animal is considered a “transport” animal, let us know immediately.

  • Once my foster is adopted, will I know “the rest of the story”?

    It’s not unusual for adopters to send us follow up emails and updates with pictures and stories. These “Happy Tails” are a wonderful way for you to see the results of your efforts and the life you helped save.

    To assist in this, we encourage our fosters to write a note that will accompany your animal to its new home. Include information that you learned about the animal while he was in your care, any tricks you may have taught him, techniques you used, etc. Also include a way for the new family or rescue group to reach you whether by cell phone, home address, Facebook, etc.

  • Are you ready to become part of our amazing foster team?

    If you answered yes, just click here and complete our online Foster Application. Once your application has been reviewed we will contact you to set up a home visit where we can meet with you personally.

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