Fostering rats is a VERY important tool for many rescue organizations and shelters, including ours. Though we are fortunate to have a large space dedicated to the rats and other critters, we still have a limit! There are ALWAYS animals in need, waiting to be taken in, and fosters help increase our capacity, allowing us to help far more critters than we could on our own. They are an important transition between rescue and forever home.
The time spent in a foster home is unpredictable, so we are looking for long-term commitments from people willing to keep the animals safe and happy for as long as they need (even if that ends up being their whole life if they never get adopted).
That being said, if you can't commit to long-term, let us know anyways and we will work with you and try to find a situation that is best for everyone.
If you're new to pets and would like to experience being a pet parent without necessarily a long-term commitment, fostering rats may be for you. As a foster you are playing a vital role in the rat rescue process, and will receive an endless amount of love in return.
Rat Foster homes are expected to be responsible for the care, wellbeing, and socialization of the rat(s)/ other animals until adopted. We will cover any routine or emergency veterinary costs, and are here to help when needed, but ask that foster families supply their own food and other necessities to the best of their abilities. We do have extra supplies if needed.
No! We are happy to welcome first time fosters to the team, and will provide any education necessary to prepare you for your new companion. Through our application, we will find out what you're comfortable with and do our best to match you with the most suitable critter.
We have a primary location in Parry Sound, ON, mainly serving the Parry Sound/Muskoka/Northeastern Ontario regions. We now have a second location in Burlington, serving the GTA and other areas in Southern Ontario. Generally we would like our Foster Rat Families to be within 1-2 hours of one of our locations so that we can offer support if needed.
Good question! Fostering is an important commitment to the life and safety of another being, so we want to be thorough to ensure that the fit is right for both human and animal. Though we don't want to deter you from becoming a Foster, it's important that you know what is involved before making this commitment, because frequent moves are stressful for animals, and we would like to prevent stress and incompatibility as much as we can.
There are NO WRONG ANSWERS! Please be 100% honest and don't just tell us what you think we want to hear, because this is a disservice to all involved. If you are honest, we can work with your situation and meet you where you're at, and happily fill in any gaps. We are simply trying to determine your level of prior knowledge, as well as if and which of our critters would be a good fit for you. If you are unsure of anything, we would be more than happy to clarify, answer any questions, and go through the document with you.
So you've decided you'd like to become a Rat Foster? That's awesome! Your next steps are to fill out our Foster application below! If you have any questions/concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org