Fostering FAQs

What is the foster care program?

Through the foster care program, Loving Heart Animal Shelter is able to temporarily place animals into the homes of volunteers until the animals are adopted into loving homes of their own.


What supplies does a foster parent have to provide?

Loving Heart Animal Shelter will provide foster parents with all supplies necessary to care for foster animals.


What does a foster parent do?

A foster parent is responsible for providing foster animals with a secure home, food, water, socialization, training, and exercise. Socialization and training should be done in a way that encourages good behavior in foster animals.


Foster parents must also administer medications to foster animals (as necessary), observe foster animals and report any problems or questions to Loving Heart, and bring animals to events as requested by Loving Heart.


Who benefits from the foster care program?

  • THE ANIMALS. Foster care for shelter animals gives them an opportunity to relax from the stressful shelter environment. The animals learn what living in a home is like, which can increase their chances of success in adoptive homes.
  • THE FOSTER PARENT(S). Being a foster parent is a very rewarding experience, because you play a vital role in helping foster animals come out of their shells and eventually find loving homes of their own.
  • THE COMMUNITY. Foster care provides the community with a larger segment of healthy, socialized animals.


What is a "foster failure?"

A foster failure is when a foster parent decides to adopt one of their foster animals.

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Lafayette, IN  47905


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