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With the help of an amazing group of foster caregivers, Happy Life Animal Rescue gives animals who are not yet ready for adoption a chance to live and be loved in family homes. This exciting partnership with Hudson Valley based families allows HLAR to take in more cats and dogs. Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience you’ll never forget, and improves the lives of rescue animals in a very direct way.

Why foster?

  • Each animal fostered out to a home opens up a cage or kennel space for us to save another animal.
  • Fostering can provide the unique, individualized attention that some special-needs animals require before they’re ready for adoption.
  • Fostering has a direct, positive impact on the animal and is a hugely rewarding experience for those who choose to become caregivers.

What requirements are necessary for fostering? Do I need any special training?

HLAR will provide training, resources, and materials to prepare you to care for a foster animal. The HLAR team will be there to support you every step of the way, and when it comes time, we’ll help you prepare to say goodbye to your pup or kitty as they head to their loving homes.

How long does fostering last and will it cost anything?

Time periods typically range anywhere from two weeks to several months, depending on the animal’s needs. HLAR provides all foster caregivers the food, equipment, and supplies they need to care for their animals, and we cover all of the animal’s medical expenses, including medication. You need only provide your home, attention, and love for your foster animals!

Fostering saves two lives!

It is our priority to find the right family, as well as ease the transition for the animal from shelter to rescue to adoption. With that being said, we have instituted a policy specific to our foster families in which: 

  1. A family must have fostered one or more dogs on behalf of HLAR, a minimum of 3 times before considering adopting a puppy they are fostering or another dog at the rescue.
  2. Older dogs or dogs that have special needs (social or physical) are an exception to this rule. It is more beneficial for dogs with special needs to remain in a foster to adopt situation.
  3. We ask any foster family to notify us in writing 5 days before the puppies event it is scheduled to appear at if you intend on adopting your foster puppy.

This sounds great. How do I begin to foster?

Ready to enroll? Simply fill out the application! Completed applications will be reviewed by the HLAR Foster team and you will be notified of your enrollment status. Please be sure to check your email and spam folder for communications from the HLAR Foster team.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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