Eastwood Ranch Foundation Launches Fosterfurkids.com
Eastwood Ranch Foundation, a non-profit animal rescue organization founded by actress/director Alison Eastwood, has launched FosterFurkids.com—a website that connects rescue groups and animal shelters with a nationwide network of pet fosters and transporters.
FosterFurkids.com is intended to make it easy for animal lovers who may not be in a position to adopt to make an immediate difference. Fostering also helps keep open spaces in rescues organizations that, unlike shelters, do not have their own facilities and rely almost exclusively on foster care volunteers to house the pets.
“Being a foster is a great way to have a dog or cat without the expense and long-term commitment,” said Eastwood, co-founder of FosterFurkids.com. “Every pet placed in a foster home opens up valuable space for a rescue organization to take in another shelter animal before they are euthanized.”
Anyone interested in becoming a foster can sign up to connect with rescue groups and shelters that need temporary fosters. Fosters can set up their own profile and list their preferences, including the type of animal they want to foster, breed, age, temperament, energy level and length of time they can commit to fostering. They can also select whether they want to be a volunteer or paid foster, and set their own rates. In addition, rescues signed up with FosterFurkids.com cover the foster care participants’ costs by supplying food, beds, leashes, bowls, kitty litter and veterinary care.
Rescues and shelters can search foster profiles by specific criteria or geographic location and send an inquiry to see whether they are available to foster a specific pet. After they have completed fostering a pet, rescues and shelters can write a review or endorse them.
The Search Pets feature allows anyone to search for available foster pets by zip code or narrow search by type of animal, breed, gender, age and size.
Visitors to the website can also pledge or donate toward a specific pet’s foster fund for animals in urgent need of fosters, through link on individual pet’s profile page.