Our all-volunteer organization was founded to help rescue homeless animals, and support local animal shelters through fostering in the Sacramento area.
Fostering homeless animals benefits them by providing a nurturing environment, which relieves stress and makes the animals more adoptable. Additionally, fostering relieves pressure on the shelters by enabling these often under-funded facilities to take in more homeless animals and provide needed care.
People who foster animals often find tremendous personal reward by saving lives and transforming homeless animals into new family members.
We are here to support and encourage more people to experience the reward of fostering animals, and promote volunteer and donation opportunities.
Fosters and Paws is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote the welfare and rescue of homeless pets and provide fulfillment for people through pet foster care while supporting community shelters.
We believe that this is the most important part of what we do! Animals in foster care tend to be less stressed, better socialized, and have a lower chance of getting sick than animals in shelters.
Through our Foster program and even our Adopters we try to teach everyone something. The more you know about an animal the better equipped you will be handle things as they come up. We are always here to support our Fosters and Adopters!
These animals have been in loving homes. Our Fosters spend lots of time with their foster animal and help them know what a loving home is.
There is so much that goes into adopting a new pet. This is a 8-20 year commitment depending on the breed you want to adopt.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself before applying!
Are you allowed to have a dog where you live?
We do ask that you provide your rental agreement with the clause about pets. If you own your home, a lot of homeowners insurance have breed restrictions. Make sure you look at it and understand it!
Can you afford a dog?
The adoption fee is minimal in the overall cost of a dog.
Type of Expense Yearly Estimate Food and Treats $250 to $700 * Toys $25 to $50 * Beds $50 to $200 * Leashes and Collars $20 to $50 * Grooming $30 to $500 * Routine Veterinary Care (healthy dog) $700 to $2,000 * Preventative Medications and Supplements $200 to $600 * Training Classes or Resources $25 to $300 * Dog Walking (between $0 (you can walk your dog) up to $20 per walk, 1x per weekday) $0 to $5,200 * Pet sitters or Boarding $100 to $300
Average Monthly Cost of Owning a Dog $125 to $824
Yearly Total $1,500 to $9,900
Do you have time for a dog?
Let's be real we are all in a weird place with COVID, some of us now work from home and think it is a great time to get a puppy. You have lots of time and it seems perfect. But have you thought about when your work switches back to in office? What will you do with your new pup?
Do you have the patience to train a puppy?
Potty training is hard work! It take lots of consistency and patience. How will you keep your puppy busy and out of trouble?
OK you have made it this far and you think it's the right time...
Do you have everything for the arrival of your new dog?
Crate, Food, Bowls, Leash, Collar, Bed
Do you have a vet selected?
If you are new to pet ownership ask your friends and family who they recommend. We love our partners at VCA Sunset Animal Medical Center! If you already have a vet make sure you call and get an appointment right away!