At Sophie’s Circle, our pet foster parents are the real heroes. Our organization does not have a facility to keep the animals while we look for their forever home. Instead, local pet foster parents welcome the pet into their home for a short period of time, allowing us to take the time to find the best match for them. Pet fosters are desperately needed. Here you’ll learn about the importance of fostering and how you can help our mission.
The Role of Sophie’s Circle
Sophie’s Circle has a big mission. Our goal is to rescue animals and help them find a forever home. Local shelters work at limited capacity, and they euthanize pets that don’t get adopted. This is done even though most of the animals don’t have incurable diseases or untreatable behavior issues. At Sophie’s Circle, we work hard to give every pet the second chance they deserve.
Our pet rescue organization works hard to match every pet to the right owner. The goal is to find a forever home for each pet, which is why we take our time to get to know our foster parents and adopters. We act as a go-between and use our network and reach to place the animals in their forever homes. We also operate a pet food bank that relies on the generous support of our donors.
How to Become a Pet Foster Parent
We’re excited about anyone who considers becoming a pet foster parent. As a foster parent, you may be asked to keep a dog for one night or several weeks, depending on how soon a family can be found to adopt the pet. It’s easy to become a pet foster parent – just fill out an application and email to us.
The application is very thorough and requests a lot of information about your household. To place a foster pet in your home, it’s important that we get to know your family and pets. Every dog is different, and some dogs may not thrive with young children or in households with other pets. It’s up to us to ensure that the foster pet is a good fit for your unique situation.
Additionally, you’ll be asked what type of animal you’re looking to foster. Some animals may need to be house trained, and others may have medical issues that need attention. If you need assistance in taking the foster pet to the vet or to any of the scheduled events where she can meet potential adopters, our staff is happy to help.
Why Pet Foster Parents Are Needed
Our organization relies on foster parents to successfully find new homes for our dogs. We do not have a facility to board the dogs that are in need of new homes. Instead, every animal will be placed in a foster home that is compatible with the dog. The foster pet parent will keep the animal until a home can be found for them. A foster may stay as short as one night or as long as an entire month.
Our foster parents play an extremely important role. While local shelters can take in animals, they often euthanize pets before a home can be found for them. By fostering the pets, they are given a second chance allowing us to treat their medical condition, rehabilitate them, and find a new owner for the pet.
In most cases, the animals have done nothing wrong. Their owner may have passed away, moved, or divorced. Now the dogs deserve another chance to have human companionship and a family that cares for them.
How You Can Help
There are many ways to help our organization rescue more animals. If you’re in a place where you’re ready for pet ownership, you can browse our current listings to find a dog to adopt in Volusia County. You can conveniently fill out an application for adoption online.
To keep our operations running, we always rely on pet foster parents. While we’d love for you to adopt an animal, your willingness to be a pet foster parent is also very much appreciated. You can fill out a pet foster application here.
Lastly, our organization relies on donations to keep going. We are a registered nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation. We’re able to rescue and rehabilitate countless dogs in need with the support of foster pet parents and donors. As the only pet food bank in Volusia County, Florida, we accept pet food and monetary donations on an ongoing basis. Our contribution will be appreciated.