The Guardian Angel Foster Care Program is a program through which families provide temporary homes for animals that are not yet ready for adoption. Through this program, thousands of animals are able to have a second chance to find their forever homes.
What animals go into foster care?
- Kittens under 2.0 pounds
- Puppies younger than 8 weeks old
- Nursing mothers
- Animals recovering from illness or surgery
- Animals who need to gain weight
- Animals who require socialization
- Animals with behavior issues
What does NHS provide?
- Food and bowls
- Crates, kennels and carrier
- Litter box and litter
- Medical care
- All we ask of you is to transfer animals to and from the shelter.
How long do animals stay in foster care?
- The duration varies depending on case. The average time is 3 to 8 weeks.
- You are able to bring animals back if needed.
If I have my own animals, can I foster?
- Yes, but it is always a health risk to expose your animals to fosters.
- We ask that if you foster cats/kittens or nursing mothers, you keep them in a separate room.
- The health risk is minimal if your animals are current on vaccinations and obtain a health lifestyle.
- Owned animals must be current on vaccinations and licensed before fostering.
Can I foster if I have children?
- Yes, fostering is a great family experience. Fostering teaches children lessons in responsibility and caring for animals.
What are the duties?
- Provide and care for animals.
- Contact foster care staff if animal becomes ill or if any concern arises.
- Transfer animals to and from the Nebraska Humane Society.
How do I become a foster parent?
A testimonial from a current foster parent: I began fostering dogs and puppies because I felt this was a wonderful way to contribute a helping hand to the Nebraska Humane Society. Without foster parents bringing animals into their home, they would have to spend their time in the back kennels of the humane society waiting to become eligible for adoption. Some have medical problems or behavioral or socialization problems or simply are not old enough. They do not understand why they are abused, abandoned or left in a shelter and very much need our help. This allows them to be comfortable in a home with a family, children and other animals.
I care very deeply for each and every one that I bring into my home. Sometimes it is very hard to give these guys back for adoption after getting so attached, but I have to believe that they will be going to a good home with a family that will love them as much as I do.