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Fostering

FLSAC relies on the love and compassion of foster families to care for the ferrets rescued by, or surrendered to, our organization.Potential foster families must go through the same screening process as our potential adopters. Our foster families are varied in their experience with ferrets and FLSAC will match a foster ferret to your experience. Being a foster family is a 24/7 job. Sometimes it is
heartbreaking, but the joy of seeing a ferret recover from an illness, play and "dook" for the first time, or begin to trust humans is the ultimate reward of fostering.

Fostering one or more ferrets provide almost all the benefits of adoption. It places them in an environment where they receive more individual attention. The only disadvantage to fostering is the ferret may bond with the foster parent. When they are permanently placed with an adoptive parent, they may experience a period of depression. Even though this is a possibility, a foster home is better for the emotional well being of the ferret(s) than a shelter.

In order to qualify, you must:
- Accept a home visit from one of our board members
- Complete the Foster application
- Have space to set up a separate cage for another group or a single ferret (we can supply a cage, bedding and accessories if needed)
- Be willing and able to supply clean bedding and litter
- Have time to provide separate play times for the foster ferrets
- Be able to bring the foster ferret(s) to a vet if needed (We will cover all vet fees)

Our approved foster families are responsible for:
- Caring for the foster ferret as you would your own
- To provide appropriate and sufficient food, clean water, and shelter for all animals in your care to ensure their health, comfort and well-being.
- Asking questions if you are unsure about any information related to ferrets, the foster ferret(s), or the Society
- To contact the FLSAC, via telephone or email, and provide an update on the foster ferret’s health, temperament and general well being.
- Assessing each animal's temperament and health and exercise sound judgment to assure its suitability for future placement.
- Informing FLSAC of any medical problems/illnesses that arise during the fostering period
- Transporting the foster ferret(s) to and from their veterinary appointments as well as notifying FLSAC if the appointment needs to be cancelled and re-scheduled
- Ensuring all fostered ferrets are fed appropriate, board approved, food and board approved, litter (e.g., wood stove pellets, Yesterday’s News)
- Informing FLSAC if you are going out of town so alternate fostering arrangements can be made
- Informing FLSAC if you are interested in adopting your foster ferret(s) as soon as you have made the decision
- Fostering the ferret until the time of adoption (any exceptions are to be discussed with a FLSAC representative)
- To agree that rescued ferrets deemed unadoptable for reasons of health or temperament will remain in the care of one of the highly experienced members.
- To contact a member of the FLSAC Board immediately if the ferret is lost, stolen, injured, ill or deceased and to ensure the recommendations of the Board are carried out.
- To be available should a board member contact you for information on the foster in your care.

If you would like to join the FLSAC foster team, then please fill out an Application and e-mail it to: FLSAC@live.com