At LifeLine’s DeKalb County Animal Services, we used the emergency foster-kit grant money to buy supplies for our individual dog-foster kits. A large portion of this money was used to purchase crates, of which we are perpetually in need, as well as flea/tick preventatives, martingale collars, Kongs and seat-belt harnesses. We also put the money toward other supplies, including “Adopt Me” collars, harnesses, and leashes. Several of these foster kits were used during our Home for the Pawlidays program, where fosters sign up to take a dog home for the week of Thanksgiving.
At LifeLine’s Fulton County Animal Services, the grant money provided crates, collars, leashes, harnesses, toys and other basic supplies to allow fosters to take and safely foster an animal in need. Prior to the grant, we literally had no crates at FCAS with which to send out medium to large dogs. Lack of supportive supplies is always a hindrance to recruiting new fosters and getting them to commit to caring for an animal outside of the shelter.
The foster supplies that we were able to purchase with the Petfinder Foundation grant have allowed us to have ready-to-go foster kits for our foster program. Having these kits ready and available not only expedited our foster process, allowing more animals to leave, but it also helped to remove barriers for those who had previously been hesitant about fostering due to financial constraints.
On average, a full foster kit costs around $100-$125, depending on the size of the dog, as well as what supplies the foster parent may or may not already have. We estimate that we were able to get between 80 and 100 dogs into foster homes because we had foster kits available to support the foster parents.
Princess Buttercup (first photo) came into the shelter emaciated and extremely shy. She was very scared of noises and needed a quiet home in which to decompress. She was able to leave with a foster family who would work on her social skills while she gained her health. They fell in love and later adopted her!
We received the foster supplies that were bought using the grant money right before our big Home for the Pawlidays foster event. During this event, members of the public sign up to take a foster dog home for the week of Thanksgiving. Two of our heartworm-positive, senior dogs went out during this event and have since turned into longer-term fosters. Sandman, the cute brindle in the Santa picture (second photo), worked his magic on his foster parents and convinced them to foster him through his heartworm treatment.
Router, the handsome pup with the bowtie (third photo), also ended up being a longer-term foster and has since gone through his heartworm treatment as well. Last week, Router’s foster emailed me that she was going to adopt him because she couldn’t imagine him ever leaving her home.
Both of these foster parents were sent out with supplies acquired through the Petfinder Foundation grant. We believe they chose to extend their foster period beyond the Thanksgiving break because they were sent home with the necessary resources/supplies and felt supported by our foster program as a result.