The average stay in a foster home is two to four weeks. However,
some animals stay only a few days while others will need to stay
longer than the four weeks.
There is always a slight health risk when exposing your pets to
other animals, however, the health risks are minimal if the foster
parent’s animals are currently vaccinated, maintain a healthy diet
and lifestyle, and are not too elderly or very young.
If a foster animal becomes ill, the Arlington Animal Services
Center hours are:
Monday through Friday
10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Second Tuesday each month
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The foster care volunteer will make contact with the Animal Care
Coordinator or a supervisor on duty at Arlington Animal Services
Center. The shelter has a vet on staff to administer care to shelter
Foster animals normally take approximately 24 hours or longer to
adjust to their new environment. Foster care volunteers are asked to
give basic command training and crate training. As a general rule,
children under the age of 12 years old should never be left alone
and unsupervised with a foster animal.
Any interested person should complete the volunteer application
and note on the application that they are interested in the foster
care program. The application normally takes 7-10 business days to
process. This program is new to the shelter and we are in hopes of
creating a successful program for our city’s shelter animals.
For more information, contact Stephen Anthony at 817-459-6397.