If you are truly an animal lover then your passion will help you succeed in your quest to help people adopt homeless animals.
1. Contact local veterinary clinics that specialize in pets. You should contact them via email and telephone. A personal visit with a simple black and white flyers that bullet points your basic info is always good. Please be brief, fierce and memorable in describing your animal shelter and your available pets to adopt. Since veterinarians are involved in helping pet owners care for their beloved pets, they know who is looking to adopt and are often a first point of contact. In the unfortunate passing of a pet, the bereaved will often want to eventually replace that animal with a new one after an appropriate period of mourning.
2. Consider a free post on Craigslist that includes pictures. Go to: http://www.craigslist.com and under the headline “Community” click on “Pets.” It is easy and simple to post a picture and a brief description of the available homeless pet. Anything that relates to revealing the animal’s personality is especially helpful in differentiating from other ads.
3. Post pictures and descriptions on your animal shelter’s Facebook page that clearly call the pet lover to action. Adopting a pet is an emotional decision. It is best to keep your posting cute and brief.
4. Ensure that the signage near your animal shelter is adequate. If you are located near a major highway is it easy to find your location? You can also increase your exposure by adding small plastic signs that are quick to install by driving them into the ground on the edge of roads near major intersections. Be careful that you do not violate any signage rules on your area. Typically areas where you see real estate and political signs are already approved. You may need to get a permit. Contact your local city office regarding rules and regulations.
5. Participate in local networking opportunities. There are many ways to remind your local public that your animal shelter is well run and has adoptable pets. Join your local Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Rotary, religious institution, Optimists Club, FFA Alumni boosters, etc. The list of organizations really depends on your personal interests and availability for meetings.
Best of luck in your quest. Every homeless animal will find a home if you engage in a systematic plan.

The decision to foster an animal that would otherwise be confined to a cage at the shelter, or worse, euthanized, is a commendable act. The goal is to get more people as an animal shelter volunteer to open not only their hearts, but also their homes to these animals. A good place to start looking for more potential foster families is right at the shelter.
Information on foster programs for individuals that are adopting can also spread the word. These kinds of people will be much more inclined to pass the cause along to their friends and families, perhaps opening more opportunities for adoption or foster care in the future.
Any animal shelter volunteer should be made aware of the growing need for foster positions, but they will also need to know about the toll foster care can exact on an individual. Tight emotional bonds with the foster pet in need are inevitable. It’s almost always a bittersweet goodbye when the animal either goes back to the shelter or moves on to its forever home. These emotional strains are at times severe and foster volunteers should be properly prepared for this kind of eventuality from the beginning.
The idea is to find reliable long term volunteers that will continue to help these animals by opening their homes time and time again to a creature in need. A support structure should be in place to help volunteers cope with stress. It should offer insight into difficulties the animals might be having and provide needed education to would-be foster parents.
Successful foster programs include both staff and animal shelter volunteers working closely together, allocating resources and finding the right home for the right pet, even if it’s just temporarily in these cases. In some really lucky turn of events, the animals may even find a permanent home within a foster care situation.

Animal rescue has been evolving over the past several years.  Many rescue organizations are moving away from buildings lined with cages to a network of foster homes that help animals experience the full experience of living with a family in a real home.  As the transition to fostering rescue pets takes place, administrative policies also need to change.  In addition, animal shelter insurance has become more necessary than ever before. Let’s explore how the foster system works.

Many animals just entering the foster system have spent a great deal of time on the streets. Foster “parents” need to have a great deal of patience and understanding on how to train these animals to live in a home environment.  Applications need to be thoroughly checked and home visits made.  Regardless of the animal’s age, these applicants need to realize they may have to housebreak or litter train the animal.  Dogs may never have experienced walking on a leash and may exhibit signs of anxiety. They may be destructive and even bite if scared.

The overseeing organization is financially responsible for any repairs to damaged homes or medical costs associated with bites.  Without animal shelter insurance it is unlikely the overseeing agency will be able to handle costs for any period of time.  Possible lawsuits could destroy what you have set out to accomplish. This can be the case even quicker if an animal attending an adoption event becomes scares and accidentally bites someone.

By thoroughly checking out the families and homes that will foster the animals, providing training for the special needs of foster animals and being able to provide compensation for property damage or medical treatments, you can run an effective foster rescue that will increase the chances of your charges eventually moving on to permanent homes of their very own.