Fostering Pets


Umbrella of Hope is not a shelter...all of our animals awaiting adoption are in foster homes. The number of animals we can help completely depends on the number of foster homes available. Foster homes are always needed.  Fostering a pet can be a very rewarding experience. Animals provide countless hours of entertainment, education, and enrichment for the entire family. Many families love fostering so they can teach their children the responsibility of caring for an animal. 


For foster applicants:

PLEASE READ: It is important that foster applicants understand that Umbrella of Hope is not a shelter, and as such your commitment as a foster volunteer requires that you care for your chosen pet(s) until he/she finds a forever home. UOH will provide food, medication, supplies, and veterinary care from Well Pet Vet Clinic in Pittsburg, CA while the animal(s) is/are being fostered. UOH will also provide essential things to get started (e.g. crate, bowls, food, leash, toys, blanket). 
You must also understand that the animals are rescued from shelters, or through UOH’s feral-fix and community-assist programs, and as such UOH will not know if the pet is house-trained. All of the animals from UOH are examined by a veterinarian and provided the following treatments: spay or neuter, vaccinations, flea treatment, deworming, microchip, and general health exam where any additional issues are treated and they are also tested for behavior/temperament. Although the pet will come to you fully vetted, you need to be prepared to take him/her to Well Pet Vet Clinic in Pittsburg, CA if any medical situation arises.  Adoption appointments are generally in the Pittsburg/Concord/Alamo area, depending on which of UOH’s adoption counselors are available. 
Fostering averages around 2 (two) weeks for young, friendly, healthy pets. If your chosen pet has special needs, the commitment could be 4-6 (four to six) weeks or more.  

To be considered as a foster volunteer, you must:
Be at least 18 years of age 
Be able to prove pets are allowed where you live
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