Thank You for Considering the Lifesaving Act of Becoming a Foster
Fosters truly are the FRONT LINE for these animals & a critical step in saving more lives! A foster home is a temporary living situation for animals while they await their forever home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care, love, and guidance. The number of malamutes we can save depends entirely on the number of people who will open their homes and hearts to foster them. For some of these malamutes, this will be their first experience being treated as a family pet. You are their salvation and you should never underestimate the important role you are playing in their lives!
The only way that we can save malamutes is with the help of foster homes. Being a foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without making a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. Foster Care is critical to our rescue efforts, the more homes we have, the more malamutes we can save. Becoming a foster family is a very rewarding experience, and can be a lot of fun. There are often tears shed when a foster finally finds a home of their own, but knowing you have saved a life and opened up space to save another is truly rewarding.
How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?
Fosters will keep their foster malamute until they find their forever home. This time can vary from a few weeks to a few months. WAMAL has an option for Short Term/Back Up foster. This caters to those who only can foster for a short period of time. The Short Term/Back Up foster homes foster malamutes who are recovering from spay and neuter surgery or when they need a place to land while their regular foster goes out of town.
What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?
- Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment for the animal.
- Provide food, water, exercise and socialization as appropriate.
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems and provide any medications as directed. (Medicine provided by WAMAL)
- Assist with transport to/from adoption intros if needed.
- Participate in helping WAMAL find a family for the dog.