FOSTER

Fosters are angels on Earth.

Georgia Homeless Pets is 100% foster based.  GHP rescues cats and dogs of all breeds and ages; the majority of our animals were rescued from high-kill shelters in Georgia.  Some of our sweet babies have special needs or have come from abusive situations, who because of the nature of their injuries and abusive situation, may spend a longer time with us before they go to their forever homes.  We have a network of foster homes that are warm, loving, and educated in rehabilitating our animals (what they need most is love, love, and more love) all over the metro Atlanta area.  They open their homes to the youngest and the oldest, the healthiest and the sickest.  They are our backbone. Without them we could not help many of the hurt and homeless dogs and cats that come into our care.  We are always in need of more foster parents so please volunteer by fostering one of our babies.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fostering a Pet

What is a foster parent? | A foster parent provides a temporary, safe, and loving home for a cat or dog until the pet finds a forever home.

Why do we need foster parents?  | We can only rescue as many animals as we have room for, and since we don't have our own facility, we rely on foster parents to house most of our babies.  Local animal shelters euthanize hundreds of healthy and sweet animals each day to make space for new ones coming in due to their limited space. The more foster homes we have, the more animals we can save. Also, thanks to the foster homes, we get to learn more about our babies' personalities, likes, and dislikes so that they can be better matched to the right forever home! It also helps them get used to being in a home environment & learn basic manners.

 What is required of foster parents?  |  Every Saturday, Georgia Homeless Pets holds adoptions at PetSmarts in Austell and Smyrna from 12:00 - 4:00 (Austell also opens the cat adoption room on Sundays from 12-4).  Foster parents simply drop their pet off at the beginning of adoptions & pick their pet up at the end. Foster parents are required to bring animals at least twice a month.

 How long does fostering take?  |  Foster parents are asked to keep the pet until he/she has found his/her forever home.  This could be anywhere from several days to several months.  The more time the animal spends at adoptions, the more likely he or she is to find a forever home.

What does Georgia Homeless Pets provide?  |  GHP provides all medical care from a network of different vets in the area. We provide heartworm prevention and flea prevention.  Heartworm prevention is to be administered on the first of every month.  We can also provide crates, leashes, bowls, litterboxes, carriers, collars & a foster manual/handbook. 

What happens if I go out of town?  |  No problem! Please give us two weeks notice. Just e-mail volunteer@gahomelesspets.com to let us know & we will try to find a temporary foster home.  If we are unable to find one or if you must leave town unexpectedly, other arrangements and accommodations may be made.

How do I become a foster parent?  |  Fill out an application & e-mail it to adoptions@gahomelesspets.com. Once application is approved, additional paperwork is required.

Fostering is a truly rewarding & enjoyable experience!  |  It's absolutely amazing to watch an animal come out of its shell and knowing it was all because of you! There's nothing more rewarding than seeing your foster baby get his or her forever home! Not only are you saving your foster pet's life, you're saving the life of another animal because the more room we have, the more pets we can take in.