Our Neighbor-To-Neighbor Program was created to help pets that are in need of temporary placement due to a crisis in their family.
How does it work?
Chance Shelter has created an alliance with the Surprise Fire and Medical Crisis Response Team. When there is a call with a pet in a crisis situation, and no family member can be reached, they will call Chance Shelter as a resource for a temporary foster home placement for the pet(s) involved. This avoids Animal Control from having to take the pet to a shelter.
Why do we need you?
When you sign up to be a Neighbor-to-Neighbor Foster Home you are opening up your heart and home to a pet that is temporarily displaced through no fault of its own. This may be a house fire, a traffic accident or medical emergency where the person needs to be transported to the hospital, a scheduled surgery for a person who has no next of kin and can’t afford a pet boarding facility or pet sitter, or any other crisis situation that places a need for temporary love and sheltering for the pet until they are reunited. Our goal is to keep people and pets together.
Why is this program so popular?
There is a great need out there to provide a comfortable and safe home for pets waiting to reunite with their people.
Have you ever asked yourself what you would do with your pet if a crisis situation arose? Maybe you know you are having surgery and will be down for a time. Who would care for your pet? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that someone else could be there for your pet? To feed, love and care for them so they would not have to be put in to a kennel? That is exactly what this program is all about. Neighbors stepping up and helping other neighbors with their pets during times of crisis.
Pets worry too and are very sensitive to change. They are in tune when something is not right and they are already concerned.
Although a different home may be a little scary to them, the fact is, it is a home. It is not a cold kennel with a lot of other animals making noise. As a foster, you can help comfort the pet during this very difficult time.
How long will I have to foster the pet?
Our fosters can make their own decision on how long they are willing to provide a home for the owners pet. When you fill out the adoption form let Chance Shelter know what amount of time you are willing to provide care to a pet.
Each foster needed depends on the crisis situation and the length of time the pet will need placement.
We will always call the foster before we bring the pet to their home so they can prepare their home accordingly to the pets needs. Food and other supplies will be provided to the foster if necessary.
What about the safety of the pet and foster?
Every foster applicant will have a home check. The health and temperament of all pets will be evaluated before being placed into a foster home.
Each crisis situation will be assessed on a case by case basis. We will put the safety of the pets and fosters first.
Because we will be responding to unforeseen situations it may be determined that the pet can not be placed into a foster home. In these cases Chance Shelter will decline the pet and provide possible additional resources.
When a pet is in a foster home for an extended period of time or the owner and pet are unable to be reunited, the foster situation will be readdressed. If it is determined that the temporary foster is unable to continue care for the pet, then the pet will be placed into a new long term foster home and the pet will then be available for adoption.
How will I stay informed?
If you have been chosen as a foster, we will keep you updated on the situation. We will give you information on timelines as it is provided to us. For privacy reasons we can not release information on the owners or the crisis.
This is a fun-loving way to make a difference in your community!
If you are interested in this program fill out our Foster application on this website.