OPP is not a shelter and we do not board animals. We feel a more realistic insight into the dog or cat is having them in a home situation being treated just as we treat our own fur-babies until they are chosen by a forever family. Foster families are responsible for the proper feeding of the foster animal, teaching good house manners and working on any "weak" areas that might keep a dog or cat from either BEING adopted or STAYING adopted...
OPP covers all medical costs for the animal, provided the care has been PRE-approved. Additionally, we will assist with monthly heartworm prevention if the foster home needs the help. We ask that in return, the dog or cat is safe from a shelter environment and is loved until they are selected by a family to be a lifelong companion....
Many argue that they will get "too attached" to effectively foster. However, when you accept an animal into your home, YOU become part of the animals future. You will have a say in WHO gets this animal and you will KNOW that the animal is going to a home who will love and care for them the way they deserve. When you become part of the adoption process, it's MUCH easier to hand the leash to another family.
You know too that the safe, happy re-homing of a foster dog/cat will leave room in your home and hearts for the next deserving animal. Foster families get to see the application for the particular animal they are fostering, get to talk to potential family members, and are encouraged to keep in touch with the adopting family to include routine updates and photos. A lifetime of friendships can easily be made between fosters and the adopting family.
Consider being a foster. You only need the desire to save a life, a desire to make a difference and the ability to open your heart and home temporarily.
Foster homes are a crucial part in getting a dog/cat ready to go home.
1. Teach General good behavior for a home environment
We ask the foster homes to socialize their dogs/cats through play with the family as well as daily dog walks through the neighborhood. Dogs and cats are much more successful in an adoptive home if they are confident with home life, can walk well on a leash, and recognize their name and some basic commands. Since a consistent routine makes training quick and effective, it's great if fosters can keep their pet until it is adopted.
2. Network and Provide Information
Since most of our adopters search for adoptable dogs/cats online, we ask fosters to write up a short biography on their foster pet and send it to us at with a few good pictures. First impressions are vital to getting these dogs/cats adopted. If the foster has not written anything about their pet, the public will usually pass them over. However, a good description of the pet's funny tricks done for treats, successful house training, and the fact that the dog/cat gets along with kids and other animals will make even a "plain 'ol mutt" or "another orange tabby" a desirable family companion.