THANK YOU FOR FOSTERING
at Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center!
We’re so excited to have you as part of our lifesaving team! Here are some tools and tips that you can refer to while you are fostering a pet for us.
HOW YOU CAN REACH US
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Foster Care Landline: 951.688.4340 ext 3306
Foster Care Medical Line: 951.284.8967
YOUR FOSTER TEAM
MAKING A VETERINARY APPOINTMENT
Although we do everything in our power to maintain health in our pet population and mitigate infectious disease risk in our care, there are a few illnesses that are common to shelter environments that may require treatment. If you have questions or concerns surrounding the wellness of your foster pet please do not hesitate to call or email your Foster Team at 951.284.8967 or
Messages will be returned within 24 hours and in many situations, we can provide at-home care recommendations to avoid unnecessary human contact. In some situations, the sick animal will need medical treatments and will require a visit to the Pet Adoption Center or veterinarian’s office.
If you have questions about the health of your foster animal or if an emergency situation should arise during regular hours of operation, please call the Foster Care Hotline at 951-284-8967. If you do not speak to the Foster Coordinator, please come directly to the center. Our regular hours are Monday through Sunday from 8am-6pm. If your foster animal has an emergency that occurs outside of the normal hours of operation, please refer to the list of approved vet offices that MSRPAC partners with of your Foster Care Manual. Services up to $300 have been pre-approved through our vet partners. Any treatment exceeding this amount requires approval from MSRPAC staff. When visiting off site vet offices please be sure to take the MSRPAC pet profile printout given to you at the time you picked up your foster.
- If Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center has not approved any or all treatments to foster pets, the foster parent will be responsible for ALL costs
- If the foster parent takes a foster pet to any other veterinary or emergency clinic than the one designated by the Foster Coordinator, the foster parent will be responsible for ALL costs
- The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center has a policy that we will not reimburse individuals for vet bills for foster animals when taken for veterinary care outside of that which is pre-authorized by the pet adoption center wellness staff.
Maddie’s Pet Assistant App
This is a great resource for new fosters and includes marketing tips, how to get your pet adopted, medical and behavior resources, and much more.
Foster Trello Board
Adult animals currently in need of foster care.
GETTING YOUR FOSTER PET ADOPTED
If you’ve found a potential adopter for your foster pet, and your pet is already altered, send them the Adoption Application in the link below.
5 TIPS FOR AWESOME PET PHOTOS
1. Get on their LEVEL
Getting down on your foster pet’s level will create more personal portraits and highlight their unique features.
2. Use BURST or PORTRAIT mode
Most cellphones have a burst or portrait mode, use these to your advantage! These modes work best when there is plenty of light, so consider using them when you’re by a window or outside.
3. Make NOISE
Making noise or using a toy is a great way to get your pet’s attention and get them to look at the camera. Make sure you’re ready to snap a photo when they are looking—you might even catch them in an adorable head tilt!
4. Notice your ENVIRONMENT
Some of the best photos come from an environment that’s well-lit and uncluttered. If there are too many objects in the background, it can take away the focus from your foster pet, and a dimly lit photo can come out grainy.
5. TIMING is everything
Use key moments throughout the day to capture their true personality—nap time to show their calm side, and playtime to show their goofy side. Bonus tip: put their bed by a window to get good lighting!
LET US HELP!
OTHER FOSTER RESOURCES
Cats & Kittens
Cat Body Language →
Cat/Cat Introductions →
How Cats Learn →
Scent Enrichment for Cats →
Clicker Train Your Cat →
Introducing New Cats Into Your Home →
Litter Training Your Kittens →
Dogs & Puppies
About Dog Decompression →
Dog Body Language →
Dog/Dog Introductions →
Dog/Cat Introductions →
Crate Training →
Multidog Household Management →
Loose-Leash Walking →
Separation Anxiety →
Resource Guarding →
Destructive Chewing →
Helping Fearful Dogs →
Dog Enrichment Activities →
Healthy Foster Resources
Thank you for fostering a shelter pet! We are here to support you in caring for your foster. Here are some great resources to help keep them healthy. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask our Foster Team or the Foster Facebook Community.
Cats & Kittens
Syringe Feeding Kittens →
Fading Kitten Syndrom →
Fading Kitten Protocol →
About Ringworm →
About URI →
About Parvovirus/Panleukopenia →
About Calicivirus →
Aging Kittens →
Cleaning & Disinfecting Foster Homes →
Maddie’s Fund Kitten Resource List →
Kitten Lady How-To Videos →
Dogs & Puppies
About Kennel Cough →
About Distemper →
About Parvovirus →
About Heartworm →
Dog Poop Chart →
Signs Your Pet is in Pain →
MY FOSTER PET IS SICK, WHAT DO I DO?
If an emergency situation should arise during regular hours of operation, please call the Foster Care Hotline at 951-284-8967. If you do not speak to the Foster Coordinator, please come directly to the Center. Our regular hours are Monday through Sunday from 8am-6pm. If your foster animal has an emergency that occurs outside of the normal hours of operation, please refer to the list of approved vet offices that MSRPAC partners with foster care manual. Services up to $300 have been pre-approved through our vet partners. Any treatment exceeding this amount re-quires approval from MSRPAC staff. When visiting off site vet offices please be sure to take the MSRPAC pet profile printout given to you at the time you picked up your foster.
CAN I TAKE MY FOSTER TO MY PERSONAL VET?
Routine veterinary care is provided by the wellness staff at Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center during normal business hours to manage the health and well-being of each foster pet or litter. Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center has a policy that we will not reimburse individuals for vet bills for foster animals when taken for veterinary care outside of that which is pre-authorized by the MSRPAC wellness staff.
MY FOSTER HAS BLOOD IN THEIR STOOL.
A little bit of blood in the stool shortly after going into a new environment—the change of food or location can be stressful. However, if it persists or if your pet has a large amount of blood and diarrhea, please contact the foster team to schedule a veterinary appointment.
MY FOSTER PET NEEDS VACCINE BOOSTERS
Foster animal(s) are required to return to the Center every two weeks for vaccinations, deworming and general exams. You will receive vaccination reminders via automatic email through Maddie’s Pet Assistant. All rechecks require an appointment that will be made at the time of initial foster pick up. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.