Welcome, Foster Parents!
This resource page has been created to help you on your foster journey. Please watch and read all mandatory materials below, then request to join our private VCAS Foster Facebook page. This page is only open to VCAS team members including staff and volunteers. If you do not have Facebook, please create an account so you have access to this essential page. Please be sure to answer the mandatory questions when you request to join. Approval and access will be granted shortly. The Foster Facebook page is a wonderful support system for all foster parents!
Foster Coordinator’s Cell: (805) 336-5277 (private line)
- Call or text between 9:00am – 6:00pm. Please do not call or text after-hours unless it is an emergency.
- Call (do not text) anytime in the case of an EMERGENCY.
- This is a private line for VCAS Foster Parents only. Please do not share it.
Foster Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Shelter Line: (805) 388-4341
- Call this number in case of an emergency if you cannot reach the Foster Care Coordinator on the cell phone.
- If you are calling this number after-hours, please select OPTION 4.
Schedule An Appointment
CLICK HERE to schedule appointments for any of the following services:
- Healthy Foster Pediatric Re-ckeck/Vaccine Updates
- Foster Vet Office Drop-Off Appointment
- Foster Tele-Health Appointment
Spay/Neuter Appointments – Due to COVID-19 restrictions, online scheduling is currently not available. We are asking kitten foster parents to email the foster care coordinator as soon as your kittens reach 1.5 pounds. CLICK HERE to see the complete foster pet surgery instructions.
Foster Matchmaking Appointment – For meeting a new potential foster animal (adult dogs and cats)
Marketing & Adoption
FOSTER MARKETING GUIDE (PDF) – This resource has all the information you need to know about marketing and adoption counseling for your foster animals.
AdoptMeApp – This is a great way to get your foster pet seen! Please download this app today and begin updating your foster pets’ “Adopt Me Diary”. All AdoptMeApp diary entries are published on the AdoptMeVenturaCA Twitter feed which automatically updates with new diary entries!
1. Before you bring your Foster Dog home:
- VCAS FOSTER DOG MANUAL (PDF)
- VCAS PUPPY FOSTER MANUAL (PDF)
- VCAS Foster Dogs most in need of Foster (Trello webpage)
- 10 Tips for Successfully Fostering a Dog (Hope2K9 Foundation)
- Decompression Tips for Your New Foster Dog (YouTube) Mandatory
- Bring Home Your Shy/Fearful Foster Dog (YouTube) Mandatory viewing for fearful foster dogs.
2. Foster Dogs and People:
- Introducing Foster Dogs to Strangers in Your House (YouTube) MANDATORY
- Introducing Your SHY/FEARFUL Foster Dog to Strangers (YouTube) MANDATORY for fearful foster dogs
- Introducing Your Foster Dog to New People Outside (YouTube) MANDATORY
- Keeping Interactions Between Foster Dogs and Children Safe (YouTube) MANDATORY even if there are no kids in your home.
- Playing With Your Foster Dog (YouTube) MANDATORY
- Bite Prevention (ASPCA)
3. Foster Dogs and Other Animals:
- How to safely introduce dogs. (YouTube) MANDATORY if you have dogs at your home.
- How to introduce your foster dog to cats in the home. (YouTube) MANDATORY if you have cats at your home.
- How to safely introduce dogs. (Best Friends) MANDATORY if you have dogs at your home.
COVID-19 Foster Surgery Procedures
Due to the current social distancing operation model at the shelter, we will be handling foster surgeries a bit differently. In the past, foster parents were able to schedule surgeries and adoptions through online appointments. Currently, the procedures are as follows:
Kittens and Puppies:
Due to the current social distancing guidelines set by the county, once foster kittens or puppies return to the shelter for surgery, they will not return to their foster homes.
Continue weighing your kittens daily as usual. Once your kitten is 1.5 lbs. please contact the foster coordinator immediately to schedule a drop off date for surgery via the foster email address email@example.com. Please include the kitten’s current weight and A#. (For puppies please email once they reach 8 weeks). Please do your best not to delay past the 1.8 lb. maximum before contacting us. We need to keep the flow going on these surgeries, and do not want kittens or puppies staying out in foster longer than necessary. There are LOTS of people out there wanting to adopt, so if you don’t have an adopter lined up yet, don’t worry! They will be adopted right away after returning to the shelter!
If the kitten or puppy has an adopter through email/phone conversations, we are still discouraging fosters from meeting potential adopters. Please also include the adopters’ contact information. The foster coordinator will set up an appointment for the adopter to meet/adopt the kitten or puppy at the shelter after surgery.
- If the kitten or puppy does not have an adopter, they will stay at the shelter for adoption after surgery.
Adult Dogs and Cats:
If your foster animal has not been spayed or neutered, please contact the foster coordinator once you have found an interested adopter. Send an email to the foster coordinator with the A# and the contact information for the interested adopter (per the adoption guidelines sent out previously).
The foster coordinator will arrange a time for the foster animal to be dropped off at the shelter for surgery. The interested adopter will be contacted to come to the shelter to meet/adopt the animal at the shelter. If the adoption does not go through the foster family, they will be contacted to come collect their foster from the shelter (if they wish) and continue fostering.
**For foster animals who are already spayed or neutered, please follow the foster adoption procedures sent out in the last Foster COVID-19 update email.
Please let me know if you have any questions! VCAR.Foster@ventura.org
Marketing Your Foster Dog
“Effective Dog Marketing for Adoption”
by Maddie’s Fund
Although this video is geared toward finding homes for dogs in a shelter setting, the information is spot on! Use the AdoptMeApp to upload photos of your foster dog. When your dog’s profile becomes active on the VCAS website, all of the photos you’ve taken will be waiting in their diary!
Foster Marketing Guide (PDF)