Felius Foster Program
Felius Rescue foster program seeks to provide supplemental care to animals with special needs, to decrease the rate of euthanasia, to increase the rate of animal adoptions, and to expand public relations within the community. The ultimate goal of the foster care program is to find a permanent home for the foster animal.Read Full Foster Policy
To become an approved foster, a volunteer must:
- Submit a Felius Rescue foster application and be approved to foster.
- Be 19 years of age or older.
- Have access to reliable transportation.
- Show proper identification (iIf Drivers Licence is not current, foster must provide a bill/lease with current address).
- Be able to provide a safe, loving, and stable environment for the foster animal.
- Be willing to nurse an injury and/or illness — with the understanding that some issues may result in the death of an animal.
- Complete an interview with a Felius Rescue representative.
- If applicable, provide proof that your landlord allows companion animals.
Felius Rescue can refuse to approve any foster applicant for any lawful reason, especially if we believe the foster arrangement is NOT in the best interest of the animals in our care.
- You will provide a safe, loving, and stable environment for the foster animal, including feeding, grooming, socializing, training, and sometimes medicating an animal.
- You must be willing to nurse any injury and/or illness — with the understanding that some issues may result in the death of an animal.
- You must be willing and able to transport your foster to and from approved veterinarians and/or the Felius Café during clinic and/or business hours, for any veterinary care needs or for a prospective adoption meet-and-greet.
- If you decide to adopt your foster animal you must complete a Felius Rescue adoption application and meet all adoption requirements.
- Most of the animals needing foster care will be in a great need of quality time and TLC. Socializing is very important, especially with young animals. The more time spent with your foster animal, the better the chance for a successful and permanent adoption to a forever home.
- Very young animals have limited immunity and are more susceptible to possible infections carried by older animals. Keeping your foster animals in a separate room from any resident pets with no carpet is advised.
- Foster animals must be housed indoors in a climate-controlled area that is comfortable and stress-free - No exceptions.
- Keeping animals and their living areas clean will help prevent illness and stress.
- There is a possibility that the animal you are fostering will experience health issues that will need to be promptly addressed. As a foster, it will be your responsibility to monitor and report any concerns or signs of illness to Felius Rescue staff immediately.
- It’s easy to become very attached to your foster animal. Letting go of the foster animal can be emotionally draining at first. Keep in mind, the more you foster, the more animals you save.
- Foster Home Policies and Requirements
- You must comply with all Felius Rescue policies and procedures.
- You must promptly respond to communications from Felius Rescue staff or potential adopters.
- You must immediately report to Felius Rescue staff any aggressive behavior by the foster animal.
- You must inform Felius Rescue of any health or safety concerns, including illness or injury.
- You must promptly notify Felius Rescue of any changes in your personal information (i.e. name, address, phone, email, household occupancy).
- Foster animals must be cared for like your own pet and receive fresh food and water daily.
- Foster homes may be limited to the number of pets fostered at any given time.
- Foster pets are to be kept in the home of the foster parent on record. Any situation necessitating removal or transfer of the pet must be communicated to Felius Rescue, and express written permission must be provided prior to removal or transfer of the pet. If you will be away from your home longer than a 24 hour period, you must contact Felius Rescue to make arrangements for your foster pet. Felius Rescue reserves the right to approve or deny any pet sitters.
- Foster pets may not be transported outside the Omaha area without permission of Felius Rescue.
- As a foster, you are expected to keep the pet securely confined and return the pet to Felius Rescue when requested. If an adopter requests to visit with the foster pet, the foster home must make arrangements with Felius Rescue to promptly return the animal to the café for a meeting.
- After 90 days in foster care, we will contact you to review a long-term plan for the foster animal.
- Every effort will be made to adopt out foster pets. If the pet begins to exhibit aggressive or undesirable behavior, a chronic debilitating or painful condition, or is terminally ill, euthanasia may have to be considered. This is rare, but the ultimate decision is reserved for Felius Rescue and their partner veterinarians.
- As a foster, you are liable for any personal property damage caused by the foster animal in your care.
- Felius Rescue retains ownership and control of all animals in foster care. Rescue staff will make all final decisions regarding placement and care, up to and including the decision to euthanize an animal. Foster animals are NOT to be given away or kept - any adoption of an animal in foster care MUST go through the Felius Rescue adoption process with all applicable and accompanying Felius Rescue forms and fees.
Things to Consider Before Fostering
There are a number of things you should consider and discuss with the rest of your family prior to submitting a Foster Application with Felius Rescue.
- Will you have enough time to spend with your foster animal? Most of the animals needing foster care will be in a great need of quality time and TLC. Socializing is very important, especially with young animals. The more time spent with your foster animal, the better the chance for a successful and permanent adoption to a forever home.
- Do you have pets of your own? Very young animals have limited immunity and are more susceptible to possible infections carried by older animals. Keeping your foster animals in a separate room with no carpet works best.
- It is a requirement of the foster program that you keep Felius Rescue animals indoors at all times. No exceptions.
- Do you have the time to clean up after your foster animals? Keeping animals and their living areas clean will help prevent illness and stress. Remember, young animals are usually doing one of the four things: Eating, sleeping, playing, going potty.
- Will you be able to keep a close watch on the foster animal’s health? There is a possibility that the animal you are fostering will experience health issues that will need to be promptly addressed. As a foster, it will be your responsibility to monitor and report any concerns or signs of illness to Felius Rescue staff immediately.
- Felius Rescue may need you to bring the animal in for an unscheduled examination. If it is deemed that your foster animal needs veterinary attention, Felius Rescue will make the appointment and pay for all veterinary care provided at one of our approved veterinary partners.
- Will you be emotionally able to return the animal to Felius Rescue after the foster period is over? This can sometimes be the hardest thing to do. It’s easy to become very attached to your foster animal. Letting go of the foster animal can be emotionally draining at first. Keep in mind, the more you foster, the more animals you save.
- Do you have a spare room/secluded space where you can quarantine your foster during introductory periods or for health reasons? If you have other pets in your home, you will want to keep your foster quarantined until they are fully examined by a Felius-Rescue-approved veterinarian and found to have no communicable diseases or parasites.
Privacy and Safety
- Any information pertaining to Felius Rescue records and cases which you may become privileged to (including names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.) as a result of your affiliation with Felius Rescue is confidential and may not be discussed with others, except as may be required by law.
- In some circumstances, Felius Rescue staff may be prohibited from discussing with you certain specific details regarding cases that are under investigation or pending criminal court action.
- Your residential address and residential phone number will not be disclosed or provided to anyone unless specifically authorized by you or as may be required by law.
- You are required to wash your hands and/or change your gloves before and after each animal encounter, after cleaning animal cages or animal-care areas, and after contact with feces, blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, exudates, or articles contaminated by these substances.
Resignations and Terminations
If you choose to leave the Felius Rescue foster program, please notify us to be removed from the approved foster list. Felius Rescue can elect to terminate or suspend your participation in the Felius Rescue foster program. Reasons for termination can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Failure to follow the Felius Rescue Foster Agreement and guidelines indicated in this policy.
- Inhumane treatment or mistreatment of animals.
- Misconduct with or abuse of staff, volunteers, or citizens.
- Falsification of Felius Rescue records, including information supplied in your Foster Application.
- Illegal possession of drugs or alcohol.
- Use of or being under the influence of alcohol/drugs while at Felius Cat Café or Felius Rescue-related events.
- Presence in off-limit areas at Felius Cat Café.
- Failure to return animals as requested by Felius Rescue.
- Deliberate destruction of Felius Rescue, Felius Cat Café, or an individual’s property.
- Possession of unauthorized weapons or dangerous materials at the Felius Cat Café facility or at Felius Rescue-related events.
- Any other justifiable reason deemed appropriate by Felius Rescue or its Board of Directors.