Foster homes are private individuals who provide temporary care for shelter animals in their own homes, giving these pets extra time until they can be adopted. Animals that may need to be placed into foster homes include underage puppies and kittens, sick or injured animals, and animals that just need a little extra time before they are ready to go to homes of their own. The length of time that an animal must be in a foster home can range from two weeks and up, depending on the situation.
Foster homes should ensure their own pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and should plan to keep the foster pet separated from their personal pets. According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture regulations, all foster homes must be inspected prior to fostering a pet. Fulton County Animal Services provides any necessary medication for foster pets and the foster homes provide pet food and other supplies.