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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 01:51

Foster Parents Needed for Kitten Season

Fostering Kitties Helps Keep Them Healthier, Adoptable

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019 – Volunteers are needed for a homeless pet fostering program. The program is for dogs or cats, but Riverside County’s animal shelters especially need assistance with felines.

“That’s because it’s kitten season again,” said Candace Falkenstien, a program manager who oversees the shelters’ volunteer services division.

Those who would like to help are asked to fill out an application and then e-mail the completed application to this e-mail address: foster@rivco.org

A foster coordinator will contact the volunteer after receiving the application.

Riverside County Animal Services cannot adopt kittens less than 8 weeks of age. Foster volunteers are helping to save a life by providing just a few weeks of their time to these under-aged felines. Falkenstien said the foster volunteers are helping the kittens become more sociable.

“This is a unique way to help us help the voiceless,” Falkenstien said. “These special volunteers are giving these kittens a great chance of becoming adoptable and they certainly help with keeping the kittens healthy.”

For those that are unable to volunteer, Falkenstien encouraged others to consider making a donation specific to the foster program by clicking on a wish list via this link, below:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1DTKFS1NWXX04

“We appreciate anyone who is willing to help or make a donation,” she said.

 

Foster Family Application

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please read carefully before signing your application.

I have answered the questions above truthfully and completely. I understand that although RCDAS carefully screens animals for foster care placement, it makes no guarantees related to the health or behavior of an animal. I understand that I receive foster care animals at my own risk, and can reject or return any animals for which RCDAS has asked me to provide care.

• I understand that, although a foster animal from the RCDAS is in my care, the foster animal is the property of RCDAS, and that the animal(s) shall be returned to RCDAS upon request, or if I am unable to adequately care for the animal(s).

• I understand that as a foster parent, I do not have any right or authority to keep the foster animal(s), place the foster animal(s) in other homes, or to place the animals with other individuals unless I have permission in writing from the RCDAS foster care coordinator.

• I understand that it is occasionally necessary to euthanize animals that have been in foster care. This is at the discretion of RCDAS, although it is an option of last resort.

• I am not taking a foster animal for any other purpose than to provide temporary care for the animal(s).

• I understand that RCDAS will provide free veterinary care for foster animals during regular business hours. If I choose to take foster animals to a private veterinarian, I will not be reimbursed for any of the costs involved.

• I understand that I will be required to provide transportation to and from the shelter for my foster animal(s). This may require multiple trips for veterinary care.

• I understand that RCDAS has the right to refuse the opportunity to foster animals to anyone and can terminate a foster application at any time.

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DOWNLOAD FOSTER CARE APPLICATION

Please email foster@rivco.org with your completed application.  You will be contacted by our Foster Coordinator upon receipt of your application.

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