If you have a question, just contact us! But here are some questions we receive often:
Can foster parents adopt their foster pets?
As long as fosters have been shown they are a good match for their foster pet, foster parents have the first choice to adopt their foster pets, unless otherwise specified.
Are purchases such as food, crates or toys made for foster care tax-deductible?
Purchases made for foster care may be considered donations to the shelter and would be tax-deductible. Keep your receipts.
What do I do if my foster animal needs veterinary care?
Veterinary care is paid for by our rescue but vet visits and treatments require pre-authorization. If you think your foster pet needs to see a vet, please contact us. Medical emergencies such as being hit by a car are the only exception to this rule. We have approved veterinary partners who offer us a rescue discount.
Can I name my foster pet?
In some cases, yes. But if an animal already knows his or her name, we advise that you keep the name the same or chose a name that sounds similar.
What if we are fostering, but our circumstances change and we can no longer foster?
Life happens! We just ask that at minimum, that you provide us with 7 days-notice so we can find new placement for your foster pet. The more notice, the better!
My foster is heart worm positive, is this contagious to my other pets?
Heartworm disease is not contagious, meaning that a dog cannot catch the disease from being near an infected dog. Heartworm disease is only spread through the bite of a mosquito.
How long does it take for a foster to be adopted?
The average 2-4 weeks depending medical needs but please note that it can take longer in certain circumstances.
Where do your dogs come from?
We pull dogs and cats primarily from kill shelters in the greater Austin area. These dogs are often surrendered by owners through no fault of their own, or worse, they are abandoned and dumped on the side of the road. Sadly, many animals are not properly microchipped or tagged, making it more difficult to reunite them with their owners.
How do I meet a pet that I’m interested in adopting?
Step one is to submit an adoption application, followed by a phone call with a rescue representative so we can tell you a little more about the pet you are interested in and learn more about your home.
We host adoption events but fosters can also schedule a meet and greets with potential adopters. Adoptions will not be finalized until a home visit is conducted.
Can I place a pet on hold?
Once a home visit has been conducted, you may take more time to decide by placing a non-transferable and non-refundable deposit for a 24 hour hold period. This will be applied to your adoption fee. If you decide not to adopt the pet, the hold fee is not refundable.
Why do you charge adoption fees?
Adoption fees help us cover the veterinary care of our rescue animals and often the medical bills we incur far exceed the adoption fees we charge.
What if I’m unable to care for my new pet?
If you are unable to care for your adopted pet, the animal must be returned to the Rescue and shall not be rehomed by the adopter or taken to a shelter.