Foster care reduces an animal’s time in the shelter, and that means reduced stress and potential for disease exposure. Plus, when foster animals leave the shelter, there’s more space and capacity to care for other animals in the shelter.
In 2012, Sandra Newbury, DVM, National Shelter Medicine Extension Veterinarian at the Koret Shelter Medicine Program, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, presented three webinars on medical topics to start or help increase the capacity of foster programs. These recordings can be listened to any time and are especially helpful for shelters, rescue groups and foster parents.
This webinar, the first in a 3-part series, covers fundamentals for planning, organizing, and maintaining different types of foster programs—ranging from care for pups and kittens to hospice care for geriatric or ill animals.
The second webinar in the series addresses recommendations for preventive treatments, as well as medical/behavioral assessment and screening before and after placement.
In the third webinar Dr. Sandra Newbury discusses early-age care for puppies and kittens, from neonates to 8 weeks old. Anyone caring for young animals will benefit from this session.